People celebrate the official result of the Irish abortion referendum at Dublin Castle in Dublin on May 26, 2018, which showed a landslide decision in favor of repealing the constitutional ban on abortions.
On Friday, Irish voters overturned the 8th Amendment to Ireland's Constitution, which made it illegal for women to have abortions in the country.
The outcome was a historic victory for women's' rights in a traditionally Catholic country.
Abortion was first banned in Ireland back in 1861 by the Offences Against the Person act, and the ban remained in place after Irish independence.
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. They revealed "women's right to choose" as the top influencing factor for voters followed by "risk to health or life".
Terry Bellamak, president of Abortion Law Reform New Zealand (ALRANZ), was lost for words trying to express her feelings about Ireland backing change by two to one in a referendum on Friday.
"I obviously would have preferred if they had come down on the other".
DUBLIN, Ireland -Early results on Saturday morning are projecting the repeal of the abortion ban in Ireland, a decision pro-life groups are calling tragic and disappointing.
For those who voted No, he said: "I would like to reassure you that Ireland is still be the same country today as it was before, just a little more tolerant, open and respectful". 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.
Ailbhe Smyth, a veteran campaigner and co-director of Together4Yes, the national pro-repeal group, is one of those women.
Exit polls from the Irish Times and broadcaster RTE suggested the Irish people have voted by almost 70 percent to repeal the Eighth Amendment. "If it didn't go through, I actually couldn't live with myself and I knew that we wouldn't get the chance to do it for another 35 years".
"Under the Eighth Amendment, the only thing we could say to women was take a flight or take a boat and now the country is saying no, take our hand, we want to support you", Mr Harris said.
Next to her was Rene Wogan, a 66-year-old woman who said she didn't vote in the 1983 referendum - which placed the abortion ban into the constitution - for fear of speaking out against cultural norms of the time.
The landmark vote saw thousands of Irish citizens working overseas fly home to cast their vote, as well as a massive social media campaign and support from Irish celebrities like Saoirse Ronan, Maria Doyle Kennedy, and Liam Neeson speaking out to repeal the amendment.
"I feel incredible moved, very proud to be Irish at the moment", she said from Japan.
He said Saturday would be remembered as the day Ireland "stepped out from under the last of our shadows and into the light".