Ireland passes abortion law

The Irish Government has passed legislation for the first time to allow abortion in limited circumstances.

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Abortion law 'confers constitutional rights for women'

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.

We had 21 years of inaction, 21 years of inaction.

What's going on here is medical clarity and legal certainty for the women of our country who have had a constitutional right conferred upon them.

Landmark law to allow abortion to save mother's life

Members of the pro choice movement group held a 24 hour protest outside Leinster House in Dublin ahead of the vote Credit: Press Association

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."

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