Controversial Abortion Law is Passed in Ireland

Last week was marked by an groundbreaking event in Ireland: the protection of life in pregnancy bill was passed. The bill allows women to have an abortion if her life is under threat if the pregnancy continues or if she is suicidal.
Up until now there have been no exceptions or allowances made for abortion in this deeply Catholic country, where those who seek or undergo an abortion face up to 14 years in prison. Women in Ireland have been flying to England in order to have a private abortion.
The legalization of abortion in cases of medical emergencies as well as the risk of suicide passed with the majority vote of 127 to 31.
Cardinals and bishops have already shown their stern disapproval and have threatened excommunication, and many pro-abortion NGOs see this bill as something too limiting that will pose an obstacle and lead to the necessity of new laws, but at least a step has been made.
We shall have to wait and see what happens now, but it looks like Enda Kenny and his government will have to brace themselves, many believe that it is only a matter of time before a case shows in court and challenges the bill.
Chiara Romano Bosch.


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