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Ireland to conduct Referendum on Legalising Abortion



Ireland to conduct Referendum on Legalising Abortion - BellaNaija

Ireland Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Ireland will be conducting a referendum to decide if relaxing its laws on abortion is what the people want, The Guardian reports.

May 25 has been set as the date for the referendum, after legislation allowing for it passed.

Abortion has been a highly debated issue in the country, where catholicism was once the norm.

A law since 1983 which gave equal life to right for a foetus and the pregnant mother was relaxed in 2013 to allow abortions only when the mother’s life is in danger.

Encouraging people to leave their houses to vote, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy said:

It is really important that people do not sit at home and presume somebody else will make the decision for you. If you feel as strongly as we do that there needs to be change in this area, you need to come out and vote.

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