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Ireland anti-abortion law forces thousands of women to move to England for termination


Sanjay Suri,CNN-IBN
Nov 17, 2012 at 10:23am IST

New Delhi: After the tragic death of a 31-year-old Indian dentist in Ireland, Savita Halappanavar, India has formally spoken to authorities in Dublin. But as the probe goes on, it has been found that thousands of women from Ireland are forced to travel to England for abortions.

Savita was unfortunate to get trapped into a difficult choice in hospital. But other women simply travel abroad to exercise the choice that Ireland denies.

Chief Executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service Ann Furedi said that every year 5,000 women come to England for abortions. Savita could not escape the law because she was in no condition to leave.

Darinka Aleksic of Abortion Rights said, "For those like Savita who for medical reasons weren't able to travel it is a great injustice."

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