Portugal to vote on abortion

// 1 October 2005

The people of Portugal are to vote on whether to legalise abortion, the Feminist Majority Foundation reports.

Its parliament has voted to hold a referendum, which if successful would see Portuguese women able to legally access abortions during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. Currently abortion is banned unless the mother’s health or life is in danger, or she has been raped.

Portugal remains one of the few European countries where abortion is illegal.

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