Washington D.C., Mar 16, 2018 / 01:26 am
A group of 17 American pro-life leaders delivered a letter to Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Thursday urging him against repealing the country's 8th Amendment.
Ireland's 8th Amendment recognizes the right to life of both a mother and an unborn child. This means that abortion is illegal in the country with extremely limited exceptions. Ireland will hold a referendum on May 25 to possibly repeal this amendment and bring legal abortion to the country up until the 12th week of pregnancy. Past attempts at repeal have failed.
One of Varadkar's first acts on his first day as prime minister was to start the process for the repeal vote.
Varadkar is in Washington, D.C. and visited the White House as part of the annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration. Abortion was not discussed during the visit.