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Theresa May Under Pressure Amid Ireland Abortion Referendum

Irish anti-abortion campaign concedes it has lost referendum

Two exit polls have predicted an overwhelming victory for those seeking to end the country's strict ban on abortion.

Varadkar claimed Ireland was united - with men and women, almost every age group and every social class opting for reform in Friday's referendum.

Celebrities who had campaigned for liberalisation were victorious.

Early reports showed a turnout as high as 70 percent in some areas, potentially the highest recorded ever for a referendum.

Hailing the result of the referendum, Akkamahadevi, Savita's mother said, "It is also a win for Kitty Holland who took up the mission and created awareness among the Irish people on the unnatural law".

In 2015, Ireland voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

"For him [his son], it's a different Ireland that we're moving onto". Are Britons less forward-thinking, less concerned with the evidence about abortion safety, than TDs in the Republic of Ireland?

Anti-abortion activist Cora Sherlock tweeted on Saturday evening that it was "a sad day for Ireland and for people who believe in genuine human rights". Anti-abortion campaigners described the decision as a "tragedy of historic proportions".

"While the government can say that abortion is a devolved issue, human rights are not, and the collapse of the [Northern Ireland] assembly means that the power to right this wrong lies exclusively in Westminster", added Clare Murphy, director of external affairs at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, a national charity that provides abortion services. Terminations had previously only been allowed if the mother's life was in danger, including as a result of suicide.

While the official result is not due until later on Saturday (overnight Sunday NZ), it appears Ireland is on the cusp of a defining moment in its social history.

Women celebrate the result of yesterday's referendum on liberalizing abortion law, in Dublin, Ireland, May 26, 2018.

The large crowd cheered Varadkar as he took to the stage to thank them for "trusting women and respecting their choices".

Reform in Ireland also raised the prospect that women in Northern Ireland, where abortion is still illegal, may start travelling south of the border. Halappanavar requested an abortion at a Galway hospital after a natural miscarriage, but the hospital refused to perform the procedure.

Savita's smilingimage on aposter was one of the prominent ones in the "Yes" campaign, with the words, "Savita Matters, Women Matter". "Our daughter's soul is now consoled", Savita's parents said.

Younger voters showed more support for overturning the amendment than older voters, according to RTÉ exit poll projections.

The plan is to allow abortions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and in special cases after the first trimester, likely ending the trail of Irish women who go elsewhere - mostly to neighboring Britain - by the thousands each year for abortions they can't get at home.

"Today unborn Irish children have been stripped of their dignity and protections by a majority of the adult voting population", said Liam Gibson, spokesman for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.

Former holders of the women and equalities role - Nicky Morgan, Amber Rudd, Justine Greening and Maria Miller - all back Ms Mordaunt in support for reform in Northern Ireland, according to a report by the United Kingdom edition of the Sunday Times.