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Ireland to enact abortion law by July

Ireland to enact abortion law  by July
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Ireland's stringent anti-abortion laws reignited protests and debate after 31-year-old Halappanavar died as a result of a miscarriage at University...

Ireland's stringent anti-abortion laws reignited protests and debate after 31-year-old Halappanavar died as a result of a miscarriage at University Hospital Galway back in October 2012 lawLondon (PTI): The Irish government has said it would enact a law by the end of July to reform the nation's controversial rules for abortion following the death of Indian-born dentist Savita Halappanavar. The government has informed the Council of Europe that it plans to publish the bill by April and enact the legislation by the end of July. Ireland's stringent anti-abortion laws reignited protests and debate after 31-year-old Halappanavar died as a result of a miscarriage at University Hospital Galway back in October 2012. Halappanavar died due to blood poisoning after Irish doctors allegedly refused to terminate her 17-week-long pregnancy, telling her that "this is a Catholic country". The family of Halappanavar claims her death was avoidable as she had asked for an abortion several times before she died. An independent review into her case had highlighted a "litany of failures" by hospital staff. The Strasbourg-based Council monitors the implementation of judgements made by the European Court of Human Rights, which had ruled in December 2010 that Ireland was under a legal obligation to put in place legislation or regulation on the issue. Despite the fact abortion has been legal in circumstances where there is a substantial risk to the life of the mother since a 1992 Supreme Court ruling, successive Irish governments have failed to enact legislation to give full effect to the ruling. In the aftermath of Halappanavar's death, a committee set up by the Irish Parliament heard submissions in Dublin earlier this year on drafting new abortion laws. The nation's Health Service Executive also announced a plan to roll out the Irish Maternal Early-Warning System this month. The early-warning system is designed for early detection of a range of life-threatening conditions, including sepsis, among women during and before childbirth - believed to be the ultimate cause of Halappanavar's death.
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