Dublin: Ireland was set to liberalise some of Europe’s strictest abortion laws in a landslide referendum vote in this mainly Catholic country in what Prime Minister Leo Varadkar called Saturday the “culmination of a quiet revolution”. The proposal to repeal the constitutional ban on terminations was predicted to win by around a two-thirds majority, according to partial counts reported so far. In Galway East, the first of 40 constituencies to declare a result, the vote was 60 percent in favour. An exit poll of 4,000 voters for The Irish Times newspaper put the pro-choice camp ahead by 68 percent to 32 percent, while a second survey of 3,800 voters by national broadcaster RTE put the margin at 69 percent to 31 percent. “What we’ve seen today is the culmination of a quiet revolution that has been taking place in Ireland for the past 10 or 20 years,” Varadkar told RTE. “The people have said that we want a modern constitution for a modern country, that we trust women and that we respect them to make the right decisions and the right choices about their own healthcare.” A woman in Ireland celebrates the result of the referendum. Reuters Varadkar said he… Read full this story
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