Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Portugal: Legal Abortion to Be Put to the Voters

The Portuguese Parliament has agreed to a national referendum, probably in January, on legalising abortion. If apporved, abortion would be legal to the 10th week of pregnancy. Portugal has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, with the procedure allowed only in the case of rape, fetal malformation or if a woman's health is at risk.

In Europe, only Poland and Ireland have similarly restrictive rules; Malta forbids abortion altogether.

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