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Latest update : 2018-05-14

Abortion laws: Time to liberalise? Irish referendum sparks debate around Europe

On May 25, Irish citizens will vote in a highly emotional referendum - one that could liberalise the right to abortion by repealing the Irish constitution's eighth amendment. When the amendment was introduced 35 years ago, abortion was already illegal in Ireland – but the amendment further restricted the circumstances under which a pregnancy could be terminated. Today, abortion is only constitutional in Ireland where the mother's life is deemed to be at risk.

The Irish government is backing the repeal. It’s signalled that it would introduce legislation to allow pregnancies to be terminated up to the 12th week. It’s a debate that’s pertinent in other parts of Europe too: Malta, Northern Ireland, Poland, as well as Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco and San Marino are all name-checked in a Council of Europe report as having highly restrictive laws.

On our programme we debate the key issues in the Irish referendum, and look at what role European institutions should be playing in the issues of family planning and maternal health.

A show produced by Isabelle Romero, Roxane Runel and Anaïs Guérard.

By Catherine NICHOLSON

Our guests

Deirdre CLUNE

Irish MEP, Fine Gael party, European People’s Party group

Branislav SKRIPEK

Slovak MEP, OľaNO party, European Conservatives and Reformists group

Caroline HICKSON

Regional Director, International Planned Parenthood Federation European network

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2018-07-30 Catherine NICHOLSON

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2018-07-30 Catherine NICHOLSON

What's the future of forests in Sweden?

Recent forest fires in Sweden’s normally cool and damp lands have sparked alarm and brought new attention to the climate change that scientists say will make wildfires an...

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2018-07-23 Catherine NICHOLSON

'No evidence that refugee flows per se have brought insecurity', UNHCR says

We're now three years on from the peak of the crisis in Europe over an unprecedented influx of people seeking a new life in the EU. The numbers of arrivals are drastically down,...

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2018-07-23 Catherine NICHOLSON

Train tickets for young people: Building a new Europe, or simply free holidays?

Summer is here in Europe, and as thoughts turn to holidays and getaways, some 15,000 18-year-olds from all around the EU are getting some good news: they've been picked to...

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2018-07-16 Catherine NICHOLSON

Eurogroup chief Centeno: 'We need to put an end to what seems to be a trade war in the making'

This summer, there's big economic news for Europe: Greece is formally exiting its bailout programme, the ongoing trade war between the EU and the US, and plans to overhaul the...

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