Ireland

Ireland Will Allow Abortions

But only when the mother's life is at risk

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Dublin will introduce legislation to allow abortions in Irish hospitals when the mother's life is at risk, a highly controversial move that faces stiff opposition from religious groups.

Ireland's cabinet took the decision on Tuesday following several weeks of public pressure following the death in October of a pregnant woman in Galway, who was refused repeated requests for an abortion while she was suffering a miscarriage. She died of septicaemia three days after requesting a termination.

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