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Ireland removes ban on abortion

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Bringing a radical change in the laws of Ireland, more than 66 percent of Irish voters chose to repeal the Eighth Amendment, which has effectively banned abortion in the country.

According to news reports, ‘the amendment says an unborn child has the same right to life as a pregnant woman. Abortion was not permitted in cases of rape, incest or fetal abnormalities. More than 64 percent of eligible voters participated in the referendum, one of the highest turnouts for a referendum’.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who is in favor of the change, said the vote to repeal the ban represents “the culmination of a quiet revolution that has been taking place in Ireland over the last couple of decades.”

The result comes three years after Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote, and a year after Varadkar, an openly-gay politician and son of an Indian immigrant, became Prime Minister.

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