Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Ireland - Historic Abortion Referendum Planned for May 2018

Irish Premier Leo Varadkar pledges an abortion referendum
Historic Irish referendum on abortion reform to be held by end of May

Guardian reports: The Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, said: “We have abortion in Ireland, but it is unsafe, unregulated and unlawful, and in my opinion we cannot export our problems and import our solutions.”

His cabinet agreed to establish a referendum commission which will bring in opposition parties to help frame the exact wording.

Varadkar’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Simon Coveney, emphasised that the government was united on the issue. In a statement, he said: “The status quo of how women are treated in crisis pregnancy cannot remain. I am united with my cabinet colleagues in agreeing to repeal the eighth amendment and allow enabling legislation.

Guardian reports on Irish abortion referendum

Elizabeth Peacock, The Anti-abortion former Tory MP for Batley and Spen makes no comment on Irish abortion or murder of Labour's Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox but finds time to make comments on other issues and write a book criticising Thatcher.

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