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One year after Savita’s death – real change not delivered

A year has passed since the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar. Last November saw over two thousand people take to the streets of Dublin to express their sorrow as well as their outrage that in 2012 a young woman could effectively be left to suffer and die in pain rather than be granted a termination of pregnancy that could have potentially saved her life. Savita’s death sparked widespread anger amongst ordinary people and an outcry for change, putting the issue of women’s reproduction rights into the spotlight and forcing the discussion back to the forefront …

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Reproductive rights report – postponed by Dark Ages MEPs

Arriving outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg on a mild autumn Monday afternoon, Members of Parliament (MEPs), were confronted with a group of protestors of a particular kind. Reactionary “Pro- Life” and “Anti LGBT Rights” activists had gathered to protest against a report on “Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights”, scheduled to be voted on Tuesday which, according to these “anti-choice” campaigners, “reads like a horror novel crowned with 12 EU stars.” Paul Murphy MEP reports from Strasbourg: The real horror novel unfolded in the chamber unfortunately as the European Conservatives and Reformists proposed a procedural …

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Press Statement: Paul Murphy MEP (Socialist Party) 22 October 2013 European Parliament:

• ‘Dark Ages MEPs’ undermine progress on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights report • Irish MEPs have learnt nothing from the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar • Mobilise to defeat right wing attack on reproductive rights “The vote by the European Parliament not to vote on the Estrela report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights is a temporary victory for so-called “Pro-life” politicians who want us to bring us into the dark ages across Europe. It is clear some Irish MEPs have learnt nothing from the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar, with 7 …

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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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