It was a battle for the very soul of a traditionally conservative Roman Catholic nation that has seen a wave of liberalization in recent years.
Ryan declared the above results of the referendum in front of a large cheering crowd of people gathering at a central count center at Dublin Castle, a main government complex, in the Irish capital of Dublin.
Despite Ireland's move toward secularism and approval of redefining marriage, polls on how the Eighth Amendment vote would go were extremely close toward the end of the abortion vote.
Ireland votes in a historic referendum on abortion on Friday (May 25). For opponents, it would be a betrayal of Ireland's commitment to protect the unborn. He's been campaigning hard for repeal - a position he says reflects a dynamic, young, European outlook and a turning-away from the scandal-ridden Catholic Church.
Ms. May hasn't commented on the issue directly, saying only that she congratulated "the Irish people on their decision".
"I always get a little buzz from voting, it just feels like it is democracy in action", Mr Varadkar said after emerging from the polling station at Castleknock. It could also be because another question lurks underneath - what would help you make up your mind? - with a range of statistics, stories and signs on lampposts ready to be mobilised to do so.
There have been five previous votes on repealing the Eighth Amendment, all of which failed.
"I believe in life".
The text says: "The state acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right". This particular amendment banned the usage or practice of abortion with the exception of the woman's life being at a medical risk, however, it did not permit the reproductive healthcare procedure in any legitimate cases of rape, incest, or fatal fetal abnormalities.
John McGuirk, spokesman for the Save the 8th group, told RTE that many Irish citizens would not recognize the country in which they were waking up. It'll also be the first time anyone under the age of 53 in Ireland has been allowed to vote on making abortion legal.
Kaposy, whose words are in line with the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, said that he is opposed to the use of people with disabilities in a bid to curb reproductive rights.
On Saturday, Penny Mordaunt, the women and equalities minister, welcomed the outcome of the Irish vote and called for changes in the north: "A historic and great day for Ireland and a hopeful one for Northern Ireland".
The prime minister, a medical doctor who came to power past year, spoke to RTE News in advance of the announcement of the referendum's official results, expected later Saturday.
Voters will be asked in a referendum whether the country's constitution should be changed to remove current restrictions on abortion.
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina cast their votes in Dublin on Friday morning.
The vote is a "rejection of an Ireland that treated women as second-class citizens", she said, adding: "This is about women's equality and this day brings massive change, monumental change for women in Ireland, and there is no going back".
Letters to the editor published Friday in the Irish Independent newspaper contained several emotional arguments urging voters to reject the repeal movement.
"We're really a tiny place, there's not that many of us and we can only shout loud now". One concern that I heard several people express was that abortion would be used as contraception, an idea that seems to come from the misogynistic myth that the No campaign has helped to conjure, one where women can not be trusted and abortion is "on demand", as if it were a Netflix series.
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