Karen Huber

Karen Huber writes for Religion News Service.

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As Catholic Influence in Ireland Wanes, Hopes and Fears of Changes to Abortion Laws

by Karen Huber 05-17-2017

Image via RNS/Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Ireland metaphorically barred the door on the church’s influence on public policy when citizens voted overwhelmingly for the legalization of gay marriage in 2015, making it the first country in the world to do so by national referendum. Now some devout Catholics fear that door may be locked after a Citizens’ Assembly — a deliberative body of people randomly selected from across the country — recently recommended liberal changes to Ireland’s abortion laws.

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