Ireland Overwhelmingly Votes in Favor to Repeal Abortion Ban Law

  • People of the Republic of Ireland have overwhelmingly voted in favour of repealing abortion ban law. Referendum result was announced on Saturday at Dublin Castle at 18:13 local time. While 66.4 per cent votes were polled in favor of replacing the Eighth Amendment (which grants equal rights to life to both mother and the unborn child), 33.6 per cent of the polled votes went in favour of the existing law. Donegal is the only Irish constituency that voted in favor (51.9 per cent) of Eighth amendment. Currently, abortion is allowed only in case where life of a woman is at risk. With this referendum vote, Irish Parliament (Dáil) will now introduce a much more liberal regime.