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Ireland overwhelmingly votes to repeal abortion ban

Yes voters celebrate as the result of the Irish referendum on the 8th amendment.
Yes voters celebrate as the result of the Irish referendum on the 8th amendment. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

More than 66% of voters in Ireland chose to repeal the Eighth Amendment, which has banned abortion for the past 35 years, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: Ireland is a traditionally Catholic country, and its overturn is indicative of "a quiet revolution that has been taking place in Ireland over the last couple of decades," said Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.