IRE­LAND GOVERN­MENT TO CON­DUCT REF­ER­EN­DUM ON ABOR­TION IN MAY

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - World - REUTERS

DUBLIN: Ire­land’s govern­ment on Mon­day pro­posed hold­ing a ref­er­en­dum to lib­er­alise the coun­try’s abor­tion regime at the end of May, of­fer­ing vot­ers the first op­por­tu­nity in 35 years to over­haul some of the world’s strictest laws. Abor­tion has long been a di­vi­sive is­sue in once stri­dently Catholic Ire­land, which has wit­nessed a wave of so­cial change in re­cent years. It be­came the first coun­try in the world to adopt gay mar­riage by pop­u­lar vote in 2015. Vot­ers will be asked if they wish to re­peal the eighth amend­ment of the con­sti­tu­tion that was in­serted in 1983 and en­shrined the equal right to life of the mother and her un­born child, and to in­stead en­able par­lia­ment to set the laws.

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