Ireland to clarify abortion rules

Andanappa Yalagi, the father of Savita Halappanavar, looks at her wedding album at her house in...

Andanappa Yalagi, the father of Savita Halappanavar, looks at her wedding album at her house in Belgaum in the southern Indian state of Karnataka November 16, 2012. (Reuters/DANISH SIDDIQUI)

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DUBLIN - Ireland will clarify its abortion laws within weeks, the government said on Tuesday, as it strives to answer criticism over the death of a woman who was refused an abortion of her dying foetus.

Abortions were banned in all circumstances in overwhelmingly Catholic Ireland by a 1983 constitutional amendment. But when the ban was challenged in 1992 by a 14-year-old rape victim, the Supreme Court ruled a termination was permitted when a woman’s life was at risk.

Successive governments have since failed to clarify the conditions under which the mother’s life could be judged to be at risk.


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