Ireland Passes Abortion Bill
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.