Abortion referendum: Varadkar aims for summer poll

From BBC - September 26, 2017

The Irish government has agreed an "indicative timeline" for a referendum on abortion legislation.

The Eighth Amendment to the constitution, introduced in 1983, guarantees the equal right to life for the mother and the unborn.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told the Dil (parliament) the proposed timing would be May or June 2018.

This depends on an all-party parliamentary committee reporting back by Christmas.

A member of the committee, Anne Rabbitte, said it would make every effort to meet its deadline but it may not prove possible.

This could delay the legislation required for a referendum in the middle of next year.

Abortion in Ireland: The fight for choice


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