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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:05 PM

 

Thousands protest in Ireland to liberalize abortion laws

Source: Christian Science Monitor

The recent death of a woman reportedly denied an abortion has sparked outrage. In Dublin, thousands of marchers demanded liberalization of Ireland's tough – and, some say, unclear – anti-abortion laws.



By Jason Walsh
November 17, 2012

Thousands gathered on the streets of Irish capital Dublin today to demand liberalization of Ireland's stringent anti-abortion laws.

The street protest, the second the city has seen in three days, was called in response to the Oct. 28 death in a Galway hospital of Savita Halappanavar, who was pregnant and reported to the hospital complaining of severe pain. She was reportedly refused an abortion, and died after complications during a miscarriage. Her widower, Praveen, says they was told this was because Ireland was "a Catholic country."

The death has sparked outrage across Ireland — and the world. One headline in an Indian newspaper's online edition accused Ireland of murdering Ms. Halappanavar.

March organizers claim a turnout of 20,000, but Irish police gave a figure of 6,000. Either way, the march was unusually large by Irish standards, wending its war from the Garden of Remembrance, a national independence memorial, to Ireland's parliament, DáIl Éireann, just over a mile away.

Read more: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2012/1117/Thousands-protest-in-Ireland-to-liberalize-abortion-laws

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UnrepentantLiberal Nov 2012 OP
sakabatou Nov 2012 #1
JKingman Nov 2012 #2
kag Nov 2012 #3
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Ash_F Nov 2012 #5
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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:14 PM

1. Good

Denying women healthcare is a disgrace.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:19 PM

2. Ireland is awakening from the 19th century to

 

the 21st century, at last!

A people who have never been able to separate their church from their government may have a hard time of it, I fear, but let's hope they can pull it off in the next few years without further needless loss of lives.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:20 PM

3. Thank you for posting this.

As a recovering Catholic it is good to see that the people are getting a little smarter, even if the church is not.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:23 PM

4. Good on them!

 

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:24 PM

5. Good for them.

Repubs would have our laws be even crazier than Ireland's.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:39 PM

6. It is time that the church stop progress in Ireland.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:32 PM

7. It was murder. Maybe tourists should boycott Ireland.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 02:11 PM

8. I was told the second largest religious denomination in Ireland

is "lapsed Catholic." Maybe there are enough of them to help get things changed.

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