In a blow to the Roman Catholic Church's influence over the country, Ireland voted to repeal its restrictive abortion ban by an overwhelming margin May 26.
"What we have seen today really is a culmination of a quiet revolution that's been taking place in Ireland for the past 10 or 20 years," Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said during remarks at a center in Dublin where votes were being tabulated.
Official results revealed that 66 percent of Irish voters backed repealing the abortion ban, which was one of the strictest in the world. The vote removed a constitutional amendment put in place in 1983 that asserted that a fetus and the mother have "equal rights," hence banning almost all abortions.
"The people have spoken and the people...