Irish trade unions call for referendum on abortion rights

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Union leaders launch campaign in Dublin to demand repeal of eighth amendment, which grants foetus right to life

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent

Wednesday 23 November 2016, The Guardian

Irish trade unions have launched a campaign for a referendum to abolish an amendment to the Irish constitution that pro-choice campaigners say prevents serious reform of strict anti-abortion laws.

The leaders of some of the country’s biggest unions gathered on a bridge over the river Liffey in Dublin on Wednesday morning to call for the repeal of the eighth amendment, which gives an unborn child the right to life, for the first time since it was passed more than three decades ago.

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Source: The Guardian