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Ireland to Hold Abortion Referendum Next Year


Ireland to Hold Abortion Referendum Next Year
New York Times

Ireland will vote in a referendum next year on whether to lift or ease the countryâs constitutional ban on abortion, one of the most restrictive such laws in the Western world.Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, announced on Tuesday that the vote would be held in May or June on the prohibition, which has been bitterly contested. Polls suggest that a majority of voters approve relaxation of the law, but they also show little support for allowing abortion on request.Should Mr. Varadkarâs government propose constitutional wording that is too liberal, or too conservative, the proposed changes could be assailed from both sides. If Irelandâs recent history is any guide, the campaign will be fiercely fought.Debate will center on the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, passed by a two-thirds majority in 1983, which gives an unborn child a right to life equal to that of its mother, effectively banning abortion.

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