- Jun 2, 2020
January 1, 2019 marked the beginning of legalized abortion in Ireland, drawing dismay from Irish pro-life groups, who campaigned extensively against the reform.
Irish President Michael D. Higgins signed the country’s new abortion legislation into law Dec. 20, paving the way for wide-ranging access to abortion in the country.
Irish nurses and midwives have called on the government to protect their freedom of conscience following the legalization of abortion in the Republic of Ireland.
Some 640 general practitioners in the Republic of Ireland have signed a petition saying their concerns have not been listened to regarding the government’s plan to have abortion services led by general practitioners.
A “small but significant” number of general practitioners in the Republic of Ireland are appealing to the county’s health minister to exempt them from being forced to refer patients to other doctors for abortions.
As Pope Francis preaches against a “throwaway culture” in Ireland, Catholics confront the new reality of the country’s recent decision to legalize abortion.