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Savita Halappanavar

Will The Catholic Church Ever Stop Trying To Criminalize Sin?

James Heffernan | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
James Heffernan

Last October, a pregnant Indian woman died in an Irish hospital after being denied an abortion that might well have saved her life. The Irish parliament is now considering a bill that would legalize abortion under very strict conditions. It has been roundly condemned by the Roman Catholic church.

When Health Care Providers Refuse Care, Whose Rights Are at Stake?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, religion, and conscience. But international human rights standards do not protect our right to express those thoughts or that conscience in a manner that infringes on other people's human rights.

Catholic Church Holds Threat Of Excommunication Over Lawmakers' Abortion Vote

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion

The Catholic Church has pointedly left the threat of excommunication hanging over Irish lawmakers who vote against the church's teachings on abortion ...

Coroner Seeks Midwife's Identity In Death Of Woman Denied Abortion In Ireland

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 04.09.2013 | Home

The coroner in the case of Savita Halappanavar, a pregnant women who died after being denied an abortion at an Irish hospital, has asked for the midwi...

2012 Was a Year for Women and Girls: Will We See the Same Momentum in 2013?

Purnima Mane | Posted 03.12.2013 | Women
Purnima Mane

In March of this year, on International Women's Day, I asked, "Is 2012 the Year for Women and Girls?" Now, as we enter 2013, I find myself looking back on my call for stronger partnerships, more global coalitions and wondering, Are those enough?

Ireland To Allow Abortions When Mother's Life At Risk

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 12.19.2012 | Home

The Irish government announced Tuesday that it will seek a legislative path to making abortion legal in cases where the mother's life is at risk. ...

My Two Abortions

Kate Blanchard | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

I read the news of the death of 31-year-old Savita Halappanavar with horror and grief. Part of my reaction comes from a sense of "there but for the grace of God go I."

Savita's Death Was Not an Isolated Incident

Cecile Richards | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Cecile Richards

The slow and painful death Ireland's abortion ban forced Savita to endure brings to mind another tragic story. Earlier this year, doctors in the Dominican Republic refused chemotherapy to a 16-year-old cancer patient because she was pregnant. Think this couldn't happen in the United States? Think again.

It Could Happen Here

Lori Freedman | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Lori Freedman

Suppose a handful of U.S. Senate races and our close presidential election had gone Republican. Savita's tragedy could have foretold many American women's funerals.

How Many More Women Like Savita Halappanavar Should We Tolerate?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

I do not doubt in the least that Cardinal Dolan and the Bishops take their task with the utmost seriousness and compassion. But, ethics are informed by experience and, as such, their ethics will remain fatally flawed and their conclusions fatally unjust.

Savita Halappanavar Should Be Alive Today

Mallika Dutt | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Mallika Dutt

Savita's death serves as the most raw of reminders that the global war against women's fundamental human rights rages on. And even though our country spoke loudly for women's rights on election day, that war does rage on right here at home.

I Know This Much Is True: Abortion Is a Medical Intervention Some Women Need

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.16.2013 | Home
Marianne Mollmann

Abortion is a medical intervention to which women need access, some to save their lives. This is not an opinion; it is a fact, evidenced by the thousands of women who travel from Ireland to the United Kingdom or mainland Europe to terminate pregnancies every year.

Ireland: Sanita's Death Should Spur Reform

Human Rights Watch | Posted 01.15.2013 | Home
Human Rights Watch

Upholding Rights Includes Access to Legal Abortion (London) – The tragic death of a woman denied an abortion in Ireland should catalyze the Irish go...