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Terms of the New Abortion Bill Agreed by Irish Cabinet -

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Sudan to Free All Political Prisoners -

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A New Free Press In Burma Juxtaposed With Genocide: The World Will Be Watching -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Pressure Builds to End Ethnic Violence in Myanmar -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Activists Demand Action As Further Genocide Looms -

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Myanmar Muslims Brace for Possible Genocide -

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Terms of the New Abortion Bill Agreed by Irish Cabinet

In Europe, Ireland is the country with the strictest abortion laws. Under the current law, abortion is a crime unless if it occurs as a result of a medical intervention performed to save the life of the mother.

Mrs Halappanavar, a 31 year old woman originally from India, was 17 weeks pregnant when she started feeling pain in her back and was bleeding. She sought medical attention and tests revealed that she was going through a miscarriage. Over the course of three days, she pleaded with her doctors to perform a termination. The doctors justified that they could still hear the fetus’s heartbeat and told her “This is a Catholic country”, meaning no abortions.

Mrs Halappanavar’s condition deteriorated and she developed septicaemia. She died four days later due to septicaemia blood poisoning.

Following  a public outcry over the death of Savita Halappanavar in October, the Irish government decided to repeal legislation that says abortion is a crime, and came up with a new law titled “Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013”. New law determines when the doctors would be allowed to perform a termination if a woman’s life is at risk, including due to suicide.

The terms of the new bill states that three consultants would be asked to review a case and all must agree for a termination to proceed.

If a termination is not approved, the woman gets the chance to appeal to another panel of three doctors and they must also be unanimous for it to go ahead.

Critics of the law, anti-abortionists, say the law would lead to “abortions on demand.” But the Government sources told the Irish Times that the provisions of the bill had been made stricter for threatened suicide. They said that in effect terminations would only be allowed “to eliminate the risk of self-destruction” in the case of suicide threat by the woman and that would mean the proposed law did not lead to “abortion on demand.”

The proposed legislation has led to heated debate in the Roman Catholic country. The Irish Roman Catholic Church has strongly condemned proposed legislation to liberalize abortion as a move to “license the direct and intentional killing of the innocent baby”.

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties welcomed the decision. They called on the government to go even further and to make the termination of pregnancies involving fatal fetal abnormalities lawful.

Clarissa Frankfurt (20 Posts)

Clarissa Frankfurt is a law student at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. While her country of origin is Switzerland, she has also lived in America for 4 years and in Germany for 3 years. Her Master studies are concentrated on International law and Human Rights, as well as Diplomacy. When she’s not studying, you can find Clarissa online blogging about politics, mainly American politics, social issues such as Women’s Rights and equality for the LGBT community, Democracy and Human Rights (http://tocareornottocare2012.wordpress.com/). Offline, you can find Clarissa playing the violine in the university orchestra, teaching English, taking part in Model UNs (...MUN) or fanatically shooting hoops.