John McGuirk, spokesman for the Save the 8th group, told Irish television Saturday that many Irish citizens would not recognize the country in which they were waking up. Mr. O'Halloran said he believed that a deeply ingrained sense of responsibility that Irish people feel for visitors and newcomers weighed heavily on the conscience of the nation.
Meanwhile, the anti-abortion organization American Life League joined the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children to criticize Irish voters for the decision.
The referendum will remove the Eighth Amendment, which required Irish authorities to defend the lives of a woman and a fetus as equals under the law from the moment of conception. More than half of the country's 40 regions had been counted by 4 p.m. local time and showed 68 percent supporting the amendment's repeal. Lawmakers are now expected to debate proposed legislation allowing abortions within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and after that in cases of fetal abnormalities or serious risks to the mother's health.
Counting is under way in the Irish referendum with exit polls suggesting voters backed a law change.
The Friday vote saw citizens effectively opt to either retain or repeal the Eighth Amendment of the country's Constitution, which prohibits terminations unless a mother's life is in danger.
Sinn Fein has called for a referendum on a united Ireland following the abortion poll.
It indicates about 72 percent of women voted "yes" along with about 66 percent of men.
Younger voters showed more support for overturning the amendment than older voters, according to RTÉ exit poll projections.
Like many Irish expatriates who returned home to vote, Coogan says she was motivated by a desire to, in her words, "create a better Ireland for our generation should we want to return, but (also) for the generations that are going to follow us".
The country has had one of Europe's most restrictive abortion laws, which is enshrined in its constitution.
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