Irish health minister defends abortion ban referendum

However, the Clare TD said he is trying to "distinguish my views between my own experiences and what's best for society as a whole". Ireland's Supreme Court overturned the decision, reinterpreting the constitutional ban as allowing terminations in cases where pregnancy threatened a woman's life.

This means abortion in Ireland is illegal even in instances of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality.

The exact wording of the referendum has not yet been decided, but is expected to be announced towards the end of March.

The Committee recommended abortion on demand up until 12 weeks gestation, and abortion up to birth when a mother's life, physical health and mental health is at risk, or if the baby is diagnosed with a life-limiting condition.

"I will be advocating a "Yes" vote", Varadkar said at a press conference at government buildings after a special cabinet meeting Monday evening.

The amendment which could be repealed "acknowledges the right to life of the unborn".

In addition, this referendum will include a short clause specifically saying the Oireachtas has the right to legislate on abortion should the referendum be passed. This gives parity to the lives of the woman and her unborn child.

Voters in the Republic of Ireland will be going to the polls in May to cast their vote on whether to liberalise the Republic's restrictive abortion laws.

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The U.N. Human Rights Committee said in a 29-page report in 2016 that Ireland's abortion ban subjects women to discriminatory, cruel and degrading treatment.

Vradakar argued that abortions are already happening in Ireland regardless of the eighth amendment but are being performed in an "unsafe, unregulated and unlawful", way.

Ms O'Reilly had noted the call for a fact-based campaign and said, "We have all stated that we will rely on the facts". She said those who supported repeal of the amendment had to come together and run a unified campaign.

Before setting up a referendum date, the issue will first be debated in the Irish Parliament.

One supporter of reform, Mary Buckley, wrote: "Every woman that travelled, every frightened girl alone taking pills, every devastated parent bearing a awful diagnosis and dumped by their country: their shadow hangs over this press conference".

Two decades later, a woman's death in a public hospital created a new groundswell of support for change.

Last December, a report by a specially convened parliamentary committee found the Eighth Amendment was not fit for objective and should be repealed. Less than a third were not in favour and 15 percent said they did not know or offered no opinion.

The London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign welcomed the referendum.

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