Gibraltar Will Keep Its Pro-Life Laws in Place Despite Ireland Voting for Abortion

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 6, 2018   |   5:14PM   |   Gibralter

Political leaders in Gibraltar said this week that their laws will continue to protect unborn babies from abortion.

The British territory is facing a strong urge to legalize abortion on demand after Ireland voted to repeal its pro-life Eighth Amendment on May 25.

However, its leaders are standing firm. A government spokeswoman told the Gibraltar Olive Press they do not have any plans to repeal their pro-life laws.

“We have already dealt with progressive issues like civil partnerships and equal marriage…” the spokeswoman said. “The Cabinet has not considered changing this [abortion] policy.”

Abortion is a crime under Section 162 of the 2011 Crimes Act of Gibraltar. Violators can face life imprisonment, but no woman ever has been sentenced under the law, the report states.

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Pro Choice Gibraltar leader Tamsin Suarez said she hoped Gibraltar would follow Ireland’s lead and legalize abortion on demand. She claimed abortion is a “human right.”

Meanwhile in Ireland, lawmakers are considering a bill that would legalize abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to six months in a wide variety of circumstances.

Northern Ireland also is facing massive political pressure to repeal its protections for the unborn.