Abortions under limited circumstances will be allowed in the Republic of Ireland under a new law, signed yesterday (July 30) by Irish President Michael Higgins, the BBC website reports today (July 31, 2013).
The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act will allow terminations to be carried out where there is a threat to the life of the mother. Termination will also be allowed where there is medical consensus that the expectant mother will take her own life over her pregnancy.
President Higgins' signing of the bill into law means it does not have to be forwarded to the Supreme Court to determine whether it is constitutional. The Protection of Life During Pregnancy will now be added to the statute book. Irish Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore referred to the decision as a key milestone in Irish law.
On the other hand, the Pro-Life Campaign said yesterday that the passing of the bill into law was "a very sad day for our country."