Irish Prime Minister Says He Will Campaign for Liberalization of Abortion Laws

LONDON (Reuters)  Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Saturday that he would campaign for a liberalization of the country’s restrictive abortion laws ahead of a referendum in the coming months, adding that his views on the issue had evolved.

Varadkar’s government plans to hold the referendum as soon as May to loosen some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world. His Fine Gael party has agreed to let individual members campaign on either side of the debate.

While the country remains overwhelmingly Catholic—a complete ban on abortion was only lifted in 2013—public opinion has reportedly become more socially liberal in recent years.

Varadkar, a medical doctor by training, in 2014 described himself as pro-life, but also said that the rules in Ireland, where terminations are only allowed in cases where the mother’s life is in danger, were too tight.

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  • Robin Egg

    Don’t allow this to happen Ireland. You are the last hold out in a world gone mad with child sacrifice. And your homosexual prime minister is not in a position to have God’s wisdom regarding this monumental decision. I pray that you choose life.

  • james blue

    Read up on the case of Savita Halappanavar

  • Robert Dear

    Irish women should not have to engage in medical tourism in order to terminate a pregnancy.