The EU is above all Catholic. Many will claim that various Western European countries like France, the Benelux, and Germany are becoming atheist but the spirit of major political and the cultural way of life in most European countries are still Catholic (most Brussels politicians will admit between closed doors that this is exactly why Turkey will never get in). Look at Poland, Italy, Spain, Malta, and Ireland where Catholic values still dictate the way of life.
Yes, Ireland most of all still holds true to those values. And some are clinging on with dear life now that their new Taoiseach (which is how they call their Prime Minister) Mr. Leo Varadkar and Health Minister Simon Harris said the Cabinet would like to have a vote on for most Irish very controversial issue of abortion.
Speaking last night, Mr. Varadkar stated: “This evening the Cabinet gave formal approval to the holding of a referendum on abortion which will be held at the end of May. We will know the exact date following the conclusion of a debate and vote in the Dail and Seanad.”
“But I am confident that this timeline can be met. The Minister for Health has been given the approval to prepare a referendum bill to amend the constitution.
“It will be the 36th amendment to our constitution.”
Article 40.3.3 of the Irish constitution, known to all as the Eighth Amendment, is highly controversial for the Irish. Together with the island of Malta, Ireland is the only EU country where there is a near total ban on abortion.
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At the moment, thousands of young Irish girls take a flight to the UK to have abortions done there. With Brexit being finalized in 2019, the Irish know that this practice needs to stop.
Mr. Varadkar commented: “We should remember the saddest & loneliest journey is made by Irish women who travel to other countries in their 1000s to end their pregnancies. These journeys don’t have to happen.”