The Irish Times and RTE television exit polls suggest the Irish people have voted by almost 70 percent to repeal the 1983 constitutional amendment, which requires authorities to treat a fetus and its mother as equals under the law.
Michelle Sweeney said there was no way a mere 7,000 kilometres could stop her from making the journey from Vancouver to Dublin to vote in Friday's historic Irish referendum on abortion.
For decades, the law forced more than 3000 women to travel to Britain each year for terminations and "Yes" campaigners argued that with others now ordering pills illegally online, abortion was already a reality in Ireland.
Once implemented, the referendum will allow abortions through the 12th week of pregnancy, or the end of the first trimester.
She said it had been a quiet revolution in social attitudes within Ireland. Mr Varadkar said he expected the new law to be passed by parliament within six months. Terminations had previously only been allowed if the mother's life was in danger, including as a result of suicide.
Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, the doctor who headed the government inquiry into Halappanavar's death, had also publicly called for a yes vote, "for the sake of women's health and rights".More news: Ireland overturns abortion ban in landslide vote
More than 170,000 women traveled from Ireland to access abortion services another country between 1980 and 2016, according to the Irish Family Planning Association.
"A vote for the freedom to choose, a vote for women's rights, a vote for women's control over their bodies, a vote for women's health & safety, a vote towards equality", she proudly said.
Campaigners for change, wearing "Repeal" jumpers and "Yes" badges, gathered at count centres, many in tears and hugging each other.
In the lead-up to the Irish Referendum, thousands of Irish people living overseas flew home so they could cast their ballot, sharing their stories using the hashtag #HomeToVote. "I would like to reassure you that Ireland is still the same country today as it was before, just a little more tolerant, open, and respectful".
Reform in Ireland also raised the prospect that women in Northern Ireland, where abortion is still illegal, may start travelling south of the border.
"This is a monumental day for women in Ireland", Orla O'Connor, co-director of the Together for Yes group, said.
Ms Bellamak said for the first time in a long time, the government had the will to address abortion law, but it needed to be kept on track.
Max Rossi / Reuters People celebrate the result of yesterday's referendum on liberalizing abortion law, in Ireland on May 26, 2018.