Ireland to hold abortion referendum weeks before pope’s visit

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Ireland to hold abortion referendum weeks before pope's visit
Voters will go to the polls in May or June 2018 to decide whether to repeal near-total constitutional ban on abortion

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Ireland will hold a referendum next year on whether to repeal its ban on abortion in almost all circumstances, a few weeks before Pope Francis is expected to visit.

Leo Varadkar, the taoiseach, told the Irish parliament on Tuesday that a national vote on whether to abolish the eighth amendment to the constitution, which gives a foetus the status of a citizen even in early pregnancy, would take place in summer 2018.

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