What could Irish abortion law reform mean for NZ?

Ireland, traditionally one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries, has voted to legalise abortion in a landslide vote, 68% to 32%.

Given that Ireland is a predominantly catholic country, this a big win for pro-choice candidates.

This also speaks volumes about what might happen when NZ looks to changing abortion laws.

PM Jacinda Ardern has signalled that she wants to change New Zealand’s arbortion laws.

Currently, the only way someone can get an abortion in New Zealand is if two doctors agree that having the baby would cause serious damage to the woman’s physical or mental health.

It’s interesting to note that even though New Zealand is one of the most liberal countries in the world, our abortion laws are some of the most restrictive.

And if a country as conservative and religious as Ireland will vote for reform, then I think pro-choice campaigners in NZ have a lot to be optimistic about.


1 Comment

  1. Michael

    It’s interesting that the only place to vote no to gay marriage was different from the one that voted no to legalising abortion.


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