On May 26, 2018, Ireland voted by a landslide to legalize abortion. This vote marked a dramatic defeat for the Catholic church’s domination of the country. Ultimately, 66.4% of people voting yes to legalizing abortion while 33.6% voted no. Votes turned out in mass numbers to abolish the eighth amendment of the Irish constitution. Ireland’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar, promised to create legal terminations by the end of the year. Voters have given the government “a clear mandate” to legalize abortion up to 12 weeks. Ireland’s foreign minister, Simon Coveney, argued that this vote was not urban vs. rural; it was a whole country decision. The overall turnout of the abortion referendum was at 64.51%, larger than the 60.5% that voted in the 2015 marriage vote. The only country in the area that not bans abortions in almost all circumstances remains Northern Ireland.