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.
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.