Irish president signs law allowing legal abortion
July 30, 2013
Ireland’s President Michael Higgins has signed a bill ending the country’s ban on abortion.
Higgins had the option of signing the bill into law or referring it to the nation’s Supreme Court for a ruling on its constitutionality. The law is certain to be challenged by pro-life plaintiffs, who cite its conflict with the constitutional guarantee of the right to life.
The new law, which won overwhelming approval in the Irish parliament despite strong opposition from the Catholic Church, allows for abortion when the mother’s life is judged to be in danger. The law explicitly allows for abortion if the mother threatens suicide.
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