|Author (Person)||Alosi, Alessandra|
|Series Details||May 2018|
On 25 May 2018, a referendum was held in Ireland concerning abortion and the Eighth amendment of the Irish Constitution.
On 26 May 2018, the results were announced: Ireland voted to liberalize the abortion law, repealing the Eight amendment, as 66 percent of the electorate backed the referendum.
Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, in favour of change, called the referendum a “once-in-a-generation” chance. Thousands of members of the Irish diaspora from all over the world headed back to vote.
Ireland is one of the most socially conservative and Catholic countries in Europe.
The Eighth amendment, inserted in the Constitution after a referendum in 1983, gives the same rights to both the mother and the unborn child, leading Ireland to have a near-total ban on abortion. Currently, abortion is only allowed when a woman's life is at risk, but not in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality.
|Subject Categories||Values and Beliefs|
|Countries / Regions||Ireland|