Jun 15, 2017 by Will Maule

Ireland's First Openly Gay, Pro-Abortion Prime Minister Enters Office

Ireland's first openly gay Prime Minister has taken office, and vowed to bring a progressive social agenda with him. Leo Varadkar is also the youngest prime minister in Irish history. A controversial aspect of his agenda are his progressive views on abortion in a nation that has a highly religious population with overwhelmingly pro-life views. 

"What we have at the this kind of absolute right to life where the unborn's life is equal to that of a pregnant mother, I don't agree with that. I think that is too restrictive," he said, according to The Irish Times. “The current line really is that a termination is possible if there’s a risk to the life of the mother, but what about the risk to [her] long-term health?" 

Abortion is currently illegal in Ireland under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, 2013. Exceptions can, however, be made as a result of medical intervention performed to save the mother's life. Whilst religion is on the decline in the nation, the Central Statistics Office took a census back in 2011 that indicated 84.2% of the population identified as Catholic. 

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