The Socialist government of Portugal will push threw changes to the country’s abortion laws and ignore its Feb. 11 referendum to fulfill its pro-abortion agenda.

Currently abortion is legal in Portugal only when the mother’s life or health is in serious danger or in cases of rape or fetal abnormality. Prime Minister Jose Socrates’s Socialist government went to the people on Feb. 11 asking them to liberalize abortion and 60 per cent of voters agreed with a proposal to allow abortion during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. However, Portuguese law requires that turnout be 50 per cent for a referendum to take effect. A previous attempt to liberalize the country’s abortion law in 1998 drew just 30 per cent of the electorate although in that case the pro-life side was victories.

But by going forward, Socrates is ignoring the fact that just one in four Portuguese – 60 per cent of the 44 per cent who bothered to vote – expressed any interest in making abortion easier to get. Yet, the prime minister claims “the people spoke with a clear voice.”

Cybercast News Service reported that Roger Kiska, legal counsel at the European Center for Law and Justice in Strasbourg said a no-show at the polls in a referendum indicates a lack of support for the issue. Kiska went on to explain: “Those were not ‘yes’ votes…They do not have, procedurally, the majority of Portuguese registered voters voting [in support of changing the law]. In essence, it does not mean, as the prime minister is saying, that Portugal is overwhelmingly saying they want to liberalize the abortion laws. Constitutionally, he is committing a strong violation of the current abortion law.”