Portugal is ready to decriminalise abortion

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 15 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:332
  1. Tiago Villanueva
  1. Lisbon

    Portugal has taken a decisive step towards decriminalising abortion, after 59% of people who voted in a national referendum last week backed reforming the law so that abortion can be carried out until the 10th week of pregnancy in registered premises. Forty per cent of voters were against the proposal, but 56% of the eligible population of voters didn't vote at all, meaning that the result of the referendum is not binding.

    But Portugal's prime minister, José Sócrates, has stated publicly that a law decriminalising and regulating abortion will be introduced in the next few months. The percentage who voted in favour of reforming the abortion law represents a …

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