Portugal Abortion Foes Push Referendum

Abortion foes in Portugal are attempting to do away with a bill passed by Parliament last week that legalizes abortion. A national referendum backed by the center-right Social Democratic Party and the conservative Popular party will be voted on next week.

Currently, abortions can only be performed when there is a risk to the mother’s life. If the referendum fails, the new law allowing women to request abortions up to the 10th week of pregnancy will take affect in 90 days.

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