May 20, 2018

Ireland to hold abortion referendum at end of May - PM

31 January 2018, 07:33 | Rufus Hill

THE Irish Government will hold a national referendum "by the end of May" on reforming the country's strict anti-abortion laws.

What's likely to happen: If the latest opinion polls are anything to go by, more than half of Irish voters would support a repeal of the abortion ban, with a 12 week limit.

Proponents of changing the law, and Varadkhar on Monday, noted that many Irish women still have abortions by traveling to the United Kingdom, which is legal under Irish law. A termination is legal only in rare cares when a woman's life is in danger.

On Saturday, Varadkar told BBC Radio Four that he planned to campaign for Ireland's abortion laws to "liberalised", describing the current situation as "too restrictive".

'So, we already have abortion in Ireland but it is unsafe, unregulated and unlawful.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar stated in the press conference following the meeting that he wants abortion to be legal, safe, and rare, saying: 'We know that thousands of Irish women - women from every single county in Ireland - go overseas for abortions every year'.

News stated that the issue of abortion in Ireland has been that of very a hard one in a traditionally Catholic country Governed by the church, which is interesting given Irelands optimism towards Homosexual Marriage in the year two-thousand-fifteen which saw a landslide vote in favour of legalisation. My own views on abortion have evolved over time.

"I know this will be a hard decision for the Irish people to make", said Mr Varadkar. We should remember the saddest & loneliest journey is made by Irish women who travel to other countries in their 1000s to end their pregnancies.

"I think even people who are in favour of abortion in certain circumstances are pro-life, I still believe in life, but I understand that there circumstances under which pregnancies can't continue".

He said the exact date would be known following the conclusion of debates in parliament.

Mr Breen said his decision is influenced by his personal experience of losing a baby that was born at 20 weeks. The Cabinet decided wording that effectively repeals the Eighth Amendment. Pregnancies as a result of rape and incest are now not allowed to be aborted, nor is an abortion permitted if there is a fatal foetal abnormality.

He said: "The Cabinet's intention to proceed with a referendum on the Eighth Amendment is an affront to human rights and displays a callous disregard for unborn children. It deceives women - and men - by creating a culture where the decision to end the life of an unborn child is portrayed as simply a matter of individual 'choice, '" he continued. Women and girls in Ireland deserve their dignity.

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