Irish abortion referendum: Debate rages after vote announced

Source: BBC News

The Republic of Ireland’s decision to hold a referendum in May on whether to reform the country’s near-total ban on abortion has triggered strong reaction.

Voters will be asked whether they want to keep the constitutional restrictions or scrap them, allowing MPs to legislate on the sensitive issue.

PM Leo Varadkar urged all sides to be respectful in the run-up to the poll.

Abortion is now allowed when a woman’s life is at risk – not in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape or incest.

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