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11 women travelled from Ireland to Britain every day last year to have an abortion, new figures revealed yesterday. Taoiseach Enda Kenny said it was time the women of Ireland have the rights they deserve enshrined in law.
The Irish parliament has passed a landmark law to enshrine a woman's right to a termination should her life be at risk, by an overwhelming majority.
The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill was drawn up following the death of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian dentist who died in an Irish hospital in October last year after being denied an abortion as she miscarried.
Her widow claimed the couple had been told a termination was not allowed because "Ireland is a Catholic country."
Ireland's parliament have passed a law to allow abortion in limited circumstances, after months of polarising debate.
The government's legislation was passed with 127 members of the Dail parliament voting in favour of the legislation and 31 voting against.