Abortion Bill That Protects Life
The law comes in the wake of the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar, 31, on October 28 last year of blood poisoning as a result of a miscarriage.
An inquest into her death earlier this year heard how she was repeatedly denied a potentially life-saving abortion.
Irish president signed a landmark bill on abortion into law, allowing women in the predominantly Catholic country to have an abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality.
The bill, overwhelmingly passed by both houses of the Irish parliament, permits abortions only in cases where doctors deem the woman’s life at risk from continued pregnancy.
The new legislation, which replaces 146 years old British era law, also permits abortions to alleviate life-threatening conditions, including a woman’s own threat to commit suicide if refused a termination.
Till recently, Ireland’s only legislation on abortion was a handed-down British law from 1867, outlawing the practice with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
The new maximum sentence is 14 years.