Ireland To Hold Abortion Referendum In 2018

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Ireland is to hold a referendum on abortion in 2018.

A decision on the eighth amendment, which gives equal right to life to the unborn, will take place in May or June next year, according to Prime Minister Leo Varadkar’s government.

The public will then decide if abortion should be legalised “in almost all cases”.

The move comes after a long fight by campaigners to “repeal the 8th”, which caught international attention. It also comes before the sixth annual March for Choice demonstrations in Dublin and London on Saturday.
The date and the wording of the referendum question are yet to be announced.
The United Nations Human Rights Committee last July called for the country’s abortion bans to be reversed.

Abortion Rights Campaign wrote on its website to advertise the march on Saturday. 

Thousands of women seeking an abortion have had to travel to the UK every year to get the procedure, which is legal under Westminster
Ireland.
A predominantly Catholic country, currently has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe. 
The eighth amendment was voted in a time when contraception was also illegal in Ireland.


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