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If You Don’t Think Women Who Get Abortions Should Go to Jail, Don’t Support Criminalizing Abortion

These measures establish legal principles that will be—and, indeed, already have been—used to justify arrests of and forced medical interventions on pregnant women.

Pro-choice advocates must highlight the evidence that prosecutions and imprisonment are the logical and inevitable outcome of criminalizing abortion. We must drive a wedge into this gap between some people’s ambivalence about abortion and their intuitive distaste for imprisoning women.

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Ireland’s Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill: 21 Years After X, Business as Usual?

Ireland - coat of arms, national emblem. Decoration on Four Courts Building in Dublin.

In the wake of the tragic and preventable death of Savita Halappanavar, Irish politicians promised that this government would “not become the seventh to ‘neglect and ignore’ the issue of the Supreme Court ruling abortion on the X Case.” Six months later, the cabinet has proposed a bill it says will not “change the law” on abortion.

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