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Ireland abortion death inquiry

Irish officials have removed three consultants from an inquiry into the death of a pregnant Indian woman in hospital. Praveen Halappanavar, whose wife Savita died after a miscarriage, had refused to co-operate unless the doctors were removed.

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The history of abortion laws in Ireland

Abortion was illegal in all circumstances in Ireland until the 'X' case in 1992, where a 14-year-old girl who became pregnant from rape was prevented from leaving the country for an abortion.

Members of anti-abortion groups, Youth Defence and the Life Institute, protest in Dublin. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Archive

The Irish Supreme Court ruled there was a right to abortion if the mother's life was in danger - the girl involved was suicidal.

An estimated 150,000 women have travelled from Ireland to Britain since 1967 to get an abortion on health grounds, according to The New York Times.

Ireland has faced five referendums on abortion.

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