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Ireland passes abortion law

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

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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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