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The Irish people voted Friday to repeal a 1983 constitutional amendment banning abortion rights for women with 66.4% in favor, a almost 2-1 victory for the nation's "yes" campaign, BBC reports.

Elections official Barry Ryan said more than 1.4 million voters, or 66 percent of those who cast valid ballots, favored repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution while roughly 724,000 wanted to keep the abortion ban in place.

Varadkar, 39, was given a rock star welcome by cheering crowds packed into the castle forecourt to hear the final result of the referendum.

Savita, an Indian dentist living in Galway who died from a septic miscarriage after being refused an abortion in 2012, was seen by many as an important catalyst for change and hopefully one of the last tragedies of the Eighth.

Since 1983, the now-repealed Eighth Amendment had forced women seeking to terminate pregnancies to go overseas for abortions, bear children conceived through rape or incest, or take illegal measures at home.

In one case in 2016, the UN Human Rights Committee said that Ireland's abortion ban had subjected a woman to "suffering and discrimination" after she was forced to choose between continuing a non-viable pregnancy or travelling overseas for an abortion. "I think what we've seen today, really, a combination of a quiet revolution that's been taking place in Ireland for the past 10-20 years".

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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. Current law prohibits all abortions in Ireland, except when the life of the mother is at risk.

Attention is turning Sunday to Ireland's parliament now that the country's citizens have voted in landslide numbers to remove the abortion ban from its constitution.

Thousands of Irish citizens living overseas returned home to vote, posting photos of themselves wearing repeal pins, T-shirts and sweatshirts.

Mr Little said while Ireland's circumstances were quite different - the result of its referendum did indicate attitudes and values towards abortion were changing.

Northern Ireland's elected assembly has the right to bring its abortion laws in line with the rest of Britain, but voted against doing so in February 2016 and the assembly has not sat since the devolved government collapsed in January 2017.

"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.

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Savita's father, Andanappa Yelagi, told local media at the family home in India he supports calls for the new legislation to be named in her honour.

As votes were being counted and polls started to show the majority in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment, celebrities, politicians and well-known faces began tweeting about the life-changing vote.

Yalagi said: "We've got justice for Savita, and what happened to her will not happen to any other family now".

The PM has not publicly commented on the result of the Irish vote but Downing Street is understood to believe that any reform "is an issue for Northern Ireland".

But Cannon also said he respected the results of the referendum and would "vote to implement the will of our people, as expressed today".

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