Ireland's ban on abortion has come up in debate again following a current case involving a dead woman who is being kept on life support because she is pregnant.
A suicidal young woman who became pregnant as a result of rape was refused an abortion in Ireland.
The "mother-and-baby home," in operation from 1925 to 1961, was one of many Catholic Church-run institutions across Ireland created to house unwed pregnant women and hide the "stain" they would create on the morality of the country.
Early Friday morning, Irish lawmakers passed a bill allowing abortions if the mother's life is in danger. For the first time the Roman Catholic country approved a bill in the lower house of the parliament (Dail) in a 127 to 31 vote.
The Irish Parliament voted to support a bill that would allow a pregnancy to be terminated if the woman's life is at risk. After a vote of 138 to 24 it now faces a second reading and possible amendments. The final vote on the legislation will take place next week.
Today, Irish Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore urged the Irish Parliament to clarify the restrictive abortion laws that lead to the death of Indian national Savita Halappanavar in Ireland last month. “It is time to bring legal clarity to the issue,” he said. “Although we will not know the full details until the investigation has...
Savita Halappanavar died last month in Ireland after she was denied an abortion while miscarrying her pregnancy. She was 17 weeks pregnant when she arrived at University Hospital Galway complaining of severe back pain. Hospital staff determined she was miscarrying, however doctors refused to remove the pregnancy until three days later. After the pregnancy was...