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O combate pela Vida na Irlanda será decisivo este ano. Referendo ao aborto no verão, visita do Papa na primavera, uma sociedade agitada e à procura de si própria ou de seguir os caminhos alheios, etiquetados de modernos e avançados. O Irish Times e restantes media irlandeses veiculam diariamente as posições e iniciativas de movimentos pró-vida e de movimentos pró-aborto, respetivamente a favor da manutenção, ou pela eliminação, da 8ª Emenda Constitucional da República da Irlanda que consagra constitucionalmente, desde 1983, a inviolabilidade da vida humana desde a conceção até à morte.

 

Irish abortion referendum: PM Varadkar to campaign for change

 

The prime minister of Ireland has told the BBC he will campaign for the country's near-total ban on abortion to be liberalised.

Leo Varadkar had previously said the laws were "too restrictive".

A referendum will take place this summer on whether to repeal a constitutional amendment that effectively bans pregnancy terminations.

The wording of the referendum question is yet to be decided.

Ireland's eighth amendment places the right to life of an unborn child on a par with that of a mother, meaning abortion is banned even when the pregnancy is the result of rape or when the foetus has a fatal abnormality.

Campaigners have long called for the laws to be changed, and last year a Citizens' Assembly and a cross-party parliamentary committee both recommended removing the ban.

The committee recommended that abortions should be allowed without restriction up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy.