Not On Ireland's Soil

Voters reject abortion at home as they reproach Fianna Fai

IN IRELAND THE MATTER OF CHOICE IS NOT SO MUCH one of whether to permit abortion as where to permit it. The country's blanket ban, last reaffirmed by voters in 1983, came under new scrutiny in March, when the Supreme Court allowed a 14-year-old rape victim to have her pregnancy medically terminated in Britain. In a three-part referendum, voters overwhelmingly decided to legalize that previously unlawful option by permitting women to travel abroad for abortions and obtain information about how to do so. But a constitutional amendment allowing abortions to be performed in Ireland in cases where a mother's life is...

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