Gibraltar prepares itself for long-delayed vote on abortion

The vote, initially scheduled to take place last year but delayed because of the pandemic, will now take place on 24 June, reports Ella Glover

Friday 19 March 2021 19:30
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<p>Jury’s out: an opinion poll carried out a week before last year’s referendum was postponed saw the pro-choice campaign supported by 70 per cent of Gibraltar voters </p>

Jury’s out: an opinion poll carried out a week before last year’s referendum was postponed saw the pro-choice campaign supported by 70 per cent of Gibraltar voters

Gibraltar has some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe, with terminations only legal under the circumstances it would save a mother’s life, and illegal procedures resulting in life imprisonment under current laws – although such a penalty has not been applied in modern times.

Last year, on 19 March 2020, the people of Gibraltar were set to vote in a referendum that would, if passed, liberalise the country’s draconian abortion laws and see abortion become legal up to 12 weeks in the case that a mother’s physical or mental health is at risk (such as following rape or incest), or beyond if such damages were deemed fatal.

There would be no time limit in the case of foetal physical anomaly.

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