In an election campaign document, Ireland’s Labor Party pledged to introduce legislation legalizing abortion if the party rises to power.
The minority Labor Party was running second in polls prior to the Feb. 25 general election, trailing the center-right main opposition party Fine Gael.
The current governing Fianna Fail party and Fine Gael have long opposed abortion.
Ireland is one of only two European countries — Malta being the other — that prohibits abortion except under limited conditions.
In the final paragraph in a chapter titled “Fairness” in what the Labor Party called its “Manifesto 2011,” the party pledged to “legislate in accordance with the Supreme Court judgment in the ‘X case’ and the recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.”
In the “X case” in 1992, the Irish Supreme Court established the right of Irish women to an abortion if a pregnant woman’s life was at risk as a result of the pregnancy.