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Death of woman after late termination highlights again the need for abortion rights in Ireland

Responding to the news of the death in London last year of a woman who was resident in Ireland after a late termination Councillor Ruth Coppinger of the ROSA Campaign said: “The horrendous circumstances of this death even based on the little we know highlight again the consequences of women being denied their right to make choices over their own bodies. According to the dead woman’s partner she was refused a termination when she was informed of the high risk of miscarriage. She also endured complications in a previous pregnancy arising from fibroids. “Having being …

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X is Not Enough, Fight for Repeal Abortion Rights now

Savita Pro Choice Protest

For the first time ever, an Irish government has been forced to consider abortion legislation – a historic step – but under the severe restrictions of the Constitution. The legislation would Include abortion where a woman’s life is at immediate risk, but possibly narrowing the threat of suicide as grounds to only include women who can prove definite suicide intent. It will still possibly exclude women with fatal foetal conditions. It would definitely exclude victims of rape and incest and women with medical conditions whose health is endangered by pregnancy. The tragic Death of Savita …

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Abortion Rights The International Picture

The denial of free, legal and safe abortion is an urgent global issue. Over 47,000 women die as a result of unsafe illegal abortion, making it the leading cause of maternal death internationally. Women are driven to take the deadly risk of dangerous back street abortion for many reasons, mainly that abortion is outlawed in their country or where it is permitted they cannot afford to avail of one safely. When abortion rates of countries where the procedure is illegal are compared to those where it is legal, the figures are similar – banning abortion …

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