Irish abortion referendum: PM Varadkar to campaign for change
January 27, 2018 6:20 pm
The Prime Minister of Ireland has told the BBC he will campaign for the country’s near-total ban on abortion to be liberalized.
Leo Varadkar had previously said the laws were “too restrictive”.
A referendum will take place this summer on whether to repeal a constitutional amendment that effectively bans pregnancy terminations.
The wording of the referendum question is yet to be decided.
Ireland’s eighth amendment places the right to life of an unborn child on a par with that of a mother, meaning abortion is banned even when the pregnancy is the result of rape or when the foetus has a fatal abnormality.
Campaigners have long called for the laws to be changed, and last year a Citizens’ Assembly and a cross-party parliamentary committee both recommended removing the ban.