Portugal to legalise abortion

// 16 February 2007

Portugal will legalise abortion, after a referendum demonstrated popular support for abortion rights.

Voter turnout was not high enough to trigger an automatic change in the law, but with 59% support for reform, the Socialist government will now bring forward legislation to allow abortion in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.

The BBC reports:

“The law we want to approve should from the outset respect the referendum result,” Prime Minister Jose Socrates said after the final figures were announced.

“The termination of a pregnancy in the first 10 weeks, carried out at the woman’s request, in a legally authorised health institution, will no longer be a crime.”

Congratulations, Portugal.

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