1861-2017: the divisive history of abortion
December 14 2017
1861: Abortion is made a criminal offence in Ireland under the Offences Against the Person Act.
1983: Referendum on the Eighth Amendment is passed by a two-to-one margin. The resulting Article 40.3.3 in the Constitution guarantees equal status to the lives of a mother and unborn child.
1991: Ireland signs the EU Maastricht Treaty, but gets guarantee its abortion law will not be affected.