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Irish Law, “Conscience Clauses,” and Needless Death: Three Questions About Savita Halappanavar’s Death

University College Hospital, Galway. Photo: Thejournal.ie.

Numerous questions have arisen in the wake of Savita’s case. Why did this happen? Doesn’t Ireland, a country with otherwise draconian abortion laws, allow abortion to save the life of the mother? Was there any doubt an abortion was necessary to save Savita’s life? Can this happen in the United States? And here are my answers.

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We Are All Savita Halappanavar: Catholic Hospital in Ireland Denies Woman Life-Saving Abortion

Last month, a Catholic hospital in Ireland effectively murdered a pregnant woman by denying her a life-saving abortion. Anti-choicers in the United States are trying to impose the same policies on women in the United States. This must be stopped. 

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Congressman Trent Franks Gets a Wee Bit Irish on Anti-Choice Policy

Arizona Congressman Trent Franks

It’s not enough to define abortion rights for D.C., now Franks wants to weigh in on Ireland’s debate, too.

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Anti-Choice Billboards Arrive in Ireland

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The country is the latest to see anti-choice propaganda going large and public.

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Get Real: I’m Trapped In an Unhealthy Relationship and Don’t Know What to Do

How do you get out of an abusive situation and get yourself safe? By doing all you can to get sound help as soon as you can and to leave as safely as possible. It’s so easy to feel stuck in abuse or other unsafe situations, but we can get unstuck.

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Abortion in Ireland: Ignoring Reality

The idea that the number of women travelling to Britain for abortions is the sum total of Irish women actually having abortions would be laughable if it weren’t so tragic.

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Morning Roundup: Texas House Passes Ultrasound Bill with No Rape Exception

Texas House passes mandatory ultrasound bill without a rape or incest exception, 40 Days of Harassment starts tomorrow, Minnesota introduces fetal pain bill, and will internet-procured medication be the new back alley abortion?

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Medical Abortion in Britain and Ireland: Let’s Join the 21st Century!

The abortion pill potentially puts the control over abortion into women’s hands, and a lot of conservative men and women aren’t sure they like that.

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Morning Roundup: (VIDEO) Oprah’s Teen Pregnancy

Oprah’s story of teen pregnancy and suicidal thoughts, emergency contraception in Ireland, SBA List scores the health care repeal, and the ACLU is doing what?

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European Court Finds Ireland’s Abortion Law Violates Rights of Pregnant Woman with Cancer

In a victory for Irish women, and to some degree women everywhere, the European Court of Human Rights today ruled that Ireland’s strict law forbidding abortions even in dire circumstances violated the right to life of a pregnant woman suffering from cancer.

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