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Ireland denies suicidal rape survivor an abortion and forces her to undergo a C-section

TweetIreland’s abortion law drew international outrage after the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar a couple years ago. The attention, combined with the long-term advocacy of local and international human rights organizations, spurred the government to ever-so-slightly loosen its restrictions to allow abortion “when there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother, including [...]
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The Savita Effect? How abortion policies really get liberalized

TweetEd. note: This is a guest post from Grace Wilentz. Grace is a feminist activist and writer based in Dublin, Ireland. She is also a member of the South-based feminist alliance RESURJ: Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice. View previous  coverage of Savita Halappanavar and abortion in Ireland here.  At the start of this year, a new law went [...]
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Ireland’s first legal abortion means Savita Halappanavar did not die in vain

TweetToday, Friday, it was confirmed that an hospital in Ireland performed the first legal abortion in the country. The abortion took place in a Dublin hospital on a woman whose 18-week pregnancy was non-viable and whose life was at risk. The woman, who is doing fine, had shown signs of sepsis. But she may owe [...]
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Ireland passes its first abortion law

TweetTalk about baby steps (no pun intended). Not even a year ago,  Savita Halappanavar died after being refused a life-saving abortion in Ireland. Her story brought international attention to exactly how strict the staunchly Catholic nation’s abortion ban was. In 1992 the Supreme Court did rule that abortions were allowed in cases where the pregnancy was [...]
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Chile won’t let pregnant 11-year-old raped by her mother’s boyfriend have an abortion

TweetShe is known as Belén. She is eleven years old and 14 weeks pregnant. She was raped repeatedly by her mother’s boyfriend over the course of two years. The mother claims the relationship that started when her daughter was NINE was consensual. Thankfully, Belén’s grandmother doesn’t see it that way, and she alerted the police [...]
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