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Ireland votes to end abortion ban

May 27, 2018 12:07 IST
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Ireland voted by an overwhelming majority to overturn a constitutional ban on abortion in a historic referendum in this traditionally Catholic country, final results showed on Saturday. This decision comes six years after the death of Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year old Indian-origin dentist whose request to terminate a 17-week pregnancy, when told she was miscarrying, was denied. The pro-choice campaign won Friday’s referendum with 66 percent of the 2.1 million votes cast. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar also welcomed the referendum.