Thursday, October 19, 2006

Life and death in Portugal

The BBC:

(The RSS drop down menu that came by default with Firefox is quite convenient.)

MPs in Portugal have agreed that the country should hold a new referendum on whether to legalise abortion.

Currently abortions are only legal in Portugal if a woman has been raped, if her life is in danger, or if the baby has serious abnormalities.

But the governing Socialist Party is proposing that women should be allowed to choose an abortion up to the 10th week of pregnancy.

The public vote is expected to be set for January.

It was proposed by the governing Socialists, and backed by the main opposition centre-right Social Democrats and the far-left Left Block.

The Communist party voted against, while the Christian Democrats abstained.

The article goes on to talk about how the PM wants to further legalize abortion so that the poor women of Portugal don't end up getting back alley abortions while the rich women jet off to countries where abortion is legal.

Then the fact that Portugal is largely Catholic is made known and that it has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe.

Nothing out of the ordinary can be found here (socialists take power and start legalizing all kinds of stuff) EXCEPT for one thing: the Christian Democrats abstained?! What!?

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