Ireland to hold May referendum on abortion law reform

National plebiscite on abolishing eighth amendment and allowing terminations up to 12 weeks
The Guardian, Jan 29, 2018 by Henry McDonald (Ireland correspondent)

Ireland will hold a referendum in May on reforming the country’s strict anti-abortion laws, according to the country’s health minister. Simon Harris confirmed on Monday that the national plebiscite will also allow for the Irish parliament to later devise legislation that would permit abortion in Ireland’s hospitals for women who are up to 12 weeks pregnant. The Fine Gael-led administration met to discuss the terms of the referendum to abolish the eighth amendment of the Irish constitution.

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