The territory’s anti-abortion laws remain among the strictest in Europe.
Gibraltar has voted to allow abortion in certain circumstances pertaining to the woman or the fetus’ health in a referendum held on Thursday., GBC reports.
The British overseas territory held a long-awaited vote to amend its strict anti-abortion law, with results showing 62 percent support new, eased rules. Under these, abortions will be allowed within 12 weeks in case of risk to a pregnant woman’s physical or mental health, and when the fetus has a fatal physical defect.
Until now, abortion in the territory was illegal and punishable with life imprisonment, with women seeking the practice having to travel abroad. Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said his government will implement the changes within 28 days.
“Yes for choice, yes for compassion and empathy, yes for healthcare and care”, Isobel Ellul from the Yes campaign said after the results were announced.
In England, Scotland and Wales, abortion is allowed at the pregnant woman’s request and within 24 weeks, with exceptions to this in some cases. In Northern Ireland, abortion has been decriminalized but pregnant women still face barriers to access the procedure.
The European Parliament voted to declare abortion access a human right on Thursday. The resolution confronts EU members that heavily restrict or forbid abortion, such as Poland and Malta, and has sparked strong backlash on MEPs.
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