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Several thousand abortion rights protesters march through central Dublin, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, demanding that Ireland's government ensures that abortions can be performed to save a woman's life. Ireland has been shocked by the death of Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old Indian dentist who died of blood poisoning after being denied an abortion in a Dublin hospital last month. (Shawn Pogatchnik/AP)

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Ireland Passes Abortion Bill

Will be legal only in the case of medical emergencies.

In a stunning vote for the strict Catholic Ireland, lawmakers elected to back a bill that would legalize abortion for medical emergencies. Ireland currently has a ban on all abortions (one of the only countries in Europe with such a ban), with rare exceptions when the mother’s life is in danger. However, after an Indian woman died earlier this year after being denied an abortion because her dying child still had a heartbeat, there was an outcry for Ireland to change its law. While abortions will still not be completely legal, the new bill would make it easier for women to attain one for medical emergencies.

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