Ireland repeals amendment banning abortion following landmark referendum

A woman supporting a 'Yes' vote to liberalize Irish law on abortion celebrates in Dublin on May 26 while waiting for the official result of the abortion referendum.

(CNN)Ireland's President formally repealed a constitutional amendment that banned abortion in the country, following a resounding referendum vote in favor of changing the law.

President Michael D. Higgins signed the abortion referendum bill into law on Tuesday, less than four months after the nation voted by 66.4% to 33.6% to enable legislation that would allow women to have an abortion.
The Eighth Amendment, which was added to the constitution following a referendum in 1983, placed the rights of the fetus and those of its mother on equal footing, effectively banning abortion barring a "real and substantial risk" to the mother's life.