Abortion Referendum Comes Up In 2018
Abortion is a contentious issue all over the world.
In some countries, including Nigeria, it is outlawed except where it is imperative to save a life.
But in Ireland, it is illegal in almost all cases.
That is why the catholic country is holding a referendum next year on whether to abolish that law.
This is not the only law the country is looking to review.
The government is also planning votes to remove anti-blasphemy law and to reduce the time couples must spend apart before divorcing.Also Read: 30 Years After, Restriction On Abortion Is Lifted
Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, has previously said the eighth amendment of the constitution, which makes abortion illegal was "too restrictive".
His government has decided on Tuesday that a referendum -- which must be agreed by parliament -- should take place in May or June 2018, just before Pope Francis visits in August to attend the World Meeting of Families.
Abortion has always been illegal in Ireland but was inserted into the constitution in 1983 following a referendum, in which 67% of voters were in favour and 33% against.
The eighth amendment recognises the equal right to life of the unborn child and the mother, and a woman convicted of having an illegal termination faces 14 years in prison.
But here is the irony. Irish women are free to travel abroad for abortions and thousands do so every year, mainly to England - That is not illegal.
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