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Ireland: New law allows abortion if mother's life is in danger


Altamash Hashmi,CNN-IBN
Jul 13, 2013 at 12:30am IST

New Delhi: Abortion is now legal in Ireland on condition that it will save the life of the mother. The Irish Parliament passed the pro-abortion Bill after 48 hours of negotiations, all sparked by the Savita Halappanavar case.

The law came eight months late for 31 year old Savita Halappanavar who died when she was denied abortion at an Irish hospital. But her death sparked a debate in Ireland pressurising the government to pass this legislation.

The new law will allow abortion if mothers life is in danger and a doctors panel can allow abortion if mother is diagnosed suicidal. However, the law doesn't allow abortion in case of foetal abnormality, incest or rape.

But the development is not enough for Savita's family who insisted once again that strict action must be taken against the hospital.

However, getting the bill through was not easy for the Irish government. The heated debate continued for almost 48 hours with parallel protests outside the parliament: both in support and against the bill.

"I also just feel like like a lot of our society. I just need to be here in solidarity with the women who deserve this," said pro-choice supporter, Declan Meena.

The law might not be all that Savita's family desired at this moment but for her husband who has lead this movement for women's rights, it is certainly a step closer to justice for his wife.

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