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Ir­ish Prime Min­is­ter Leo Varad­kar has promised a ref­er­en­dum next year on whether to loosen the country’s laws on abor­tion, one of the strictest in Europe. As of to­day, the Repub­lic of Ire­land’s con­sti­tu­tion al­lows abor­tion only if the life of the mother is in dan­ger. Women con­victed of hav­ing an il­le­gal abor­tion face up to 14 years in jail. But they are al­lowed to travel abroad for ter­mi­na­tions. Peo­ple “should be given am­ple time to con­sider the is­sues and to take part in a well-in­formed de­bate,” Varad­kar said.

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