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In a post on Twitter, Mrs May said: "The Irish Referendum yesterday was an impressive show of democracy which delivered a clear and unambiguous result".

Purcell, who voted for the repeal, said he and his girlfriend spent about $750 to fly back for a few days to make sure they could cast votes.

Supporters celebrate at Dublin Castle following the result Irish referendum result on the 8th amendment.

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who campaigned to repeal the laws, had called the vote a once-in-a-generation chance and voters responded by turning out in droves.

Ireland has voted by a landslide to liberalise its highly restrictive abortion laws in a referendum that its Prime Minister called the culmination of a "quiet revolution" in what was one of Europe's most socially conservative countries. "This is about women taking their rightful place in Irish society, finally".

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GETTYPro-choice campaigners take to the streets of Belfast after Ireland's historic referendum result

Halappanavar, who moved to Ireland with her husband Praveen, died of sepsis in Galway in 2012 after being denied an abortion during a protracted miscarriage.

Varadkar's government has promised to approve the drafting of abortion legislation at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, May 29, and is aiming to enact the new law before the end of the year.

Opponents of the repeal movement conceded defeat earlier.

"I was disappointed to see the tragic death of Savita being shamelessly used as an excuse for introducing abortion into a country", he said.

"Our daughter's soul is now consoled", Savita's parents said.

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Varadkar said he'd like to pass legislation for a new abortion law by the end of the year, according to The Guardian . Yalagi said: "We've got justice for Savita, and what happened to her will not happen to any other family now".

"We are calling on Mrs May, a self-identifying feminist, to negotiate with the parties in Northern Ireland and then to legislate without further delay", Chakrabarti said. "That would be wrong".

"Yes" voters want to repeal the eighth amendment, which was voted into the constitution through a public referendum in 1983 and bans almost all abortion.

The outcome was a historic victory for women's rights in a traditionally Catholic country. It would also likely end the need for thousands of Irish women to travel overseas - mostly to neighboring Britain - for abortions they can't get at home.

She said it had been a quiet revolution in social attitudes within Ireland.

"They felt equal to the rest of the world, that they could get a share of the luxuries of life", he said. "Now more than ever it is time for the United Kingdom government to show the same respect for the women of Northern Ireland".

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"The public have spoken, the result appears to be resounding in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment, possibly to carry every constituency in the country", Varadkar said on Saturday.

If the "yes" forces seeking a constitutional change prevail, Ireland's parliament will be charged with coming up with new abortion laws. Lawmakers who campaigned for a "No" vote said they would not seek to block the government's plans to allow abortions with no restriction up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

The magnitude of the predicted victory exceeded the expectations of abortion rights activists.

Savita's husband, Praveen Halappanavar had said that he and his wife had repeatedly asked for the pregnancy to be terminated after her admission to hospital, but they had been told: "This is a Catholic country".

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