Ireland to hold abortion referendum

Irish bishop warns against giving government “blank check” on abortion

Irish bishop warns against giving government “blank check” on abortion

"I will advocate for a Yes vote", Varadkar said.

The referendum on the section of Ireland's constitution that enshrines its restrictive abortion laws will be held at the end of May, the prime minister said on Monday. The group heard harrowing testimony from scores of Irish women and received more than 13,000 individual submissions.

But anti-abortion activists argue that Ireland has unique laws which save thousands of lives each year, and that the removal of the Eighth Amendment would lead Ireland to mimic "ultra liberal" and "abortion on demand" British laws.

The Republic of Ireland now has a near total ban on abortion.

Terminations are now only allowed in Ireland when the life of the mother is at risk.

Six other countries ban abortion under all circumstances.

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Ireland will hold a referendum asking voters if they want liberalise the republic's notoriously strict abortion laws, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced. Ireland voted for the amendment in a referendum in 1983.

"I'll be campaigning for them to be changed and to be liberalised, yes". "It will be the 36th amendment to our constitution", he said.

The referendum will focus on the fate of the Eighth Amendment, not on the specifics on how the law would change if the Constitution was altered. The other 52 are undecided or chose not to say.

Irish MPs, nonetheless, have traded barbs in parliament over the issue, and anti-abortion groups have vowed to fiercely protect the 8th amendment. According to the Journal, following the four hour discussion, Harris said: "A date for the referendum can only formally be set by my colleague the Minister for Housing and Local Government once the Oireachtas has passed the Referendum Bill". "We should not create barriers in young people's role in being active citizens in this country", Kerrigan said.

Nearly 4,000 Irish women, including women from Northern Ireland, traveled to England and Wales to terminate their pregnancies in 2016, according to United Kingdom government statistics.

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