If I am not mistaken, and former PI can correct me, we've had it in the Diocese of Savannah for decades. Ever since I've been ordained in 1980 we were permitted to offer absolution. I think public excommunications for any thing is a different matter of course. Only the bishop can lift that.
Pope Francis To Allow Priests To Forgive Women Who Had Abortions
Posted: 09/01/2015 06:57 AM EDT | Edited: 4 minutes ago
by the Vatican on Tuesday, Francis described the "existential and moral ordeal" faced by women who have terminated pregnancies and said he had "met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision."
In church teaching, abortion is such a grave sin that those who procure or perform it incur an automatic excommunication.
It can usually only be formally forgiven by the chief confessor of a diocese -- known by the Italian term "penitenziere" -- or a Christian missionary, Vatican spokesman Father Ciro Benedettini said.