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>> Savor this moment, and enjoy it.>> Ireland is on course overhaul its restrictive abortion laws. Two exit polls forecast a landslide victory for liberalizing the catholic country's abortion stance, and the main anti-abortion campaign has already conceded defeat, saying that it's lost Fridays referendum. Counting is currently underway.
One lawmaker from the opposition Labor party said early tallying suggests the exit polls are correct. If so, it will be the latest milestone in Ireland, a country that two decades ago was one of Europe's most socially conservative. Island only legalized divorce by a razor thin majority in 1995.
Three years ago, it became the first country to adopt gay marriage by popular vote, and more major change could be on the horizon, with even a resounding vote to overturn current abortion restrictions could be just the start of a troublesome Parliamentary process. Campaigning has focused on the legislation that might come after the referendum.
The country's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has called for terminations with no restrictions to be allowed up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy. That proposal has already been met with the resistance from some lawmakers for going too far.