A public vote on whether to repeal a constitutional ban on abortion will test how much attitudes have changed in the country.
The Irish cabinet gave the go-ahead for a referendum to relax the country's strict abortion laws on Monday, 35 years after the Catholic-majority country enshrined abortion as a crime in its constitution.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said the country will hold a vote on liberalizing its restrictive abortion laws at the end of May.
Thousands of Irish women currently travel abroad for abortions every year.
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