Thanks to historic turnout, Ireland votes to end abortion ban


Ireland, once seen as one of the most socially conservative countries in Western Europe, is poised to end its highly restrictive abortion ban.

The decision came after a historic vote, in which a landslide majority of the country voted to repeal the country’s Eighth amendment, which established an “equal right to life” for mothers and the “unborn,” and banned abortion even in cases of rape and incest, or where the pregnancy was a risk to the mother.

Emotions ran high — and so, too, did celebrations.

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