Ireland: Assembly votes to mandate Oireachtas to legislate for abortion

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Assembly votes to mandate Oireachtas to legislate for abortion
Members earlier voted not to retain Eighth Amendment in its current form

April 22, 2017
Ronan McGreevy

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly have voted for a constitutional amendment which would mandate the Oireachtas to deal with the issue of abortion.

The citizens voted 51-38 to an amended ballot paper which suggested that Article 40.3.3, the Eighth Amendment, “should be replaced with a constitutional provision that explicitly authorises the Oireachtas to legislate to address termination of pregnancy, any rights of the unborn, and any rights of the pregnant woman”.

Continued at link: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/assembly-votes-to-mandate-oireachtas-to-legislate-for-abortion-1.3057940