Abortion law could be changed in parliament

PRIME MINISTER José Sócrates has refused to rule out reneging on a key election pledge to hold a referendum on abortion.

Earlier, President Sampaio had conceded that parliament could amend the law if the Constitutional Court ruled that no referendum could be held before a fresh legislative session in September 2006.

Questioned by the press over the president’s comments, Sócrates failed to exclude the possibility of altering the law in parliament. “We will review this when we know the decision of the Constitutional Court”, he said.