Ireland's President Finally Signs First Legal Abortion Bill Into Law

(Some) abortion is now legal in Ireland for the first time, thanks to the country's new "Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill," which legalizes abortion in cases where the mother's life is at stake, including risk of suicide. Whoa: it's an abortion bill that associates the term "life" with living, breathing women… »7/30/13 10:25am7/30/13 10:25am


Ireland Has Made Some (Very) Minor Improvements in Its Abortion Laws

The horrifying (and preventable) death of Savita Halappanavar, the 31-year-old woman who was denied a life-saving abortion when doctors at Ireland’s University Hospital Galway found that she was miscarrying, has prompted lots of outrage over Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws. On Wednesday, Irish lawmakers seemed to… »5/01/13 9:15pm5/01/13 9:15pm

Ireland Is Opening an Inquest into the Awful Death of Savita Halappanavar

Ireland is set to open an inquest into the horrifying (and probably unnecessary) death of Savita Halappanavar, the Indian dentist who died from suspected complications from septacaemia after the hospital that admitted her reportedly refused to terminate her pregnancy. Halappanavar was 17 weeks pregnant at the time. »4/07/13 12:30pm4/07/13 12:30pm

Your Hospital Might Be Catholic, and That Might Be a Problem

Around one in eight Americans seeks treatment at a Catholic hospital, whether they realize it or not. In the Northwest, the percentage of Catholic hospitals is 44 percent and growing. The Stranger has a great piece on Catholics who are taking over and potentially imposing their faith on your health care. Here's a… »2/20/13 4:50pm2/20/13 4:50pm

Leaked Savita Halappanavar Report Makes the Hospital Look Really, Really Bad

Savita Halappanavar died in an Irish hospital last October, a full week after the 31-year-old dentist came in with back pain and was found to be miscarrying, because doctors refused to remove the fetus until its heartbeat officially stopped. Abortions are illegal in Ireland except in cases where the mother's life… »2/14/13 1:55pm2/14/13 1:55pm

Ireland to Officially Legalize Abortions When the Mother's Life Is at Risk, Including if She's Suicidal

The Irish government will soon allow abortion in certain cases where the mother's life is at risk. In other words: they don't want international outrage directed at them after another woman like Dr. Savita Halappanavar dies because doctors won't terminate her pregnancy — even if she's miscarrying and repeatedly asks… »12/19/12 10:25am12/19/12 10:25am

Ireland Health Watchdog Organization To Investigate Death of Savita Halappanavar

Ireland's government-funded Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) watchdog organization has announced that they're launching an investigation into the death of Savita Halappanavar, the 31-year-old dentist who was denied an abortion after doctors informed her that she would miscarry but could not remove the… »11/24/12 12:30pm11/24/12 12:30pm

Widower Objects to Investigation of His Wife's Death After Being Denied an Abortion

When the Irish government announced its plans for an investigative probe into the death of Savita Halappanavar—the 31-year-old Galway woman who died painfully and senselessly after being denied an abortion by Catholic hospital administrators—Halappanavar's husband was less than satisfied. The original seven-member… »11/20/12 5:50pm11/20/12 5:50pm