"It is wrong to stay silent, and especially wrong to stay silent when the crowd is totally against you".
To the disappointment of pro-lifers, early results show more than 69 percent of Irish citizens voted "Yes" in the referendum that effectively legalized abortion in the country. The turnout was 64 percent.
Constituents gathered at Dublin Castle in the nation's capital, taking a moment to honor Savita Halappanavar, a dentist who died of sepsis in 2012 during a miscarriage, during which she'd asked several times for an abortion (doctors wouldn't administer one as they could still hear a fetal heartbeat).
She said it had been a quiet revolution in social attitudes within Ireland.
"The people have spoken".
The proposed legislation will allow abortions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and up to the 24th week in exceptional circumstances.
Varadkar said he wanted the law in force by the end of the year and Health Minister Simon Harris told AFP that the cabinet would meet on Tuesday to approve the drafting of legislation.
The referendum comes three months before Pope Francis visits Ireland for the World Meeting of Families.
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As with the 2015 same-sex marriage referendum, Northern Ireland will again be left behind on abortion rights. Scandal after scandal of child abuse involving priests was uncovered.
An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI exit poll suggested that voters backed change by 68 percent to 32 percent and indicated majorities in all age groups under 65 voted for change, including nearly nine in every 10 voters under the age of 24. Voters over the age of 65 were the only ones to come out against the repeal according to projections, with 58.7 percent voting "No".
Ailbhe Smyth, 71, co-director of the official Together for Yes campaign, said real-life testimonies from women affected by the ban had helped swing the vote. A selection of responses may be published as part of our reporting. The No campaign was largely backed by so-called pro-life groups - the most prominent being The Iona Institute, a socially conservative Roman Catholic advocacy group.
Dr. Ruth Cullen, spokeswoman for the anti-abortion LoveBoth campaign, conceded defeat Saturday before the count had finished. Exit polls indicated that both men and women strongly opposed the abortion ban, and that opposition to it was strong in rural areas, not just cosmopolitan Dublin. The Eighth Amendment was introduced via a referendum in 1983. She was forced to choose between carrying a non-viable pregnancy to term, or travelling overseas for a termination.
Under current law, the practice of abortion in Ireland is illegal, unless the mother's life is deemed to be endangered. Groups such as Termination for Medical Reasons spoke of having to travel overseas to end pregnancies with foetal anomalies.
Siobhan Donohue, chairwoman for Termination for Medical Reasons (TFMR), an abortion rights group, said the vote is a relief for women who previously had to travel to Britain to get an abortion.
The final sentence of the British 1967 Abortion Act states that "This Act does not apply to Northern Ireland".
There were roars of approval Saturday when two women leaders of the Sinn Fein party raised a sign that read, "The North is next".