A little while back I conducted an interview with the Skeprechaun Podcast, called Episode One Hundred And Forty Six – On Savita Halappanavar, where I asked some questions about their Skeprechaun episode #33 called “For Savita”. Both episodes contains potentially distressing content, as we both talk about the death of Savita Halappanavar.
News today from the Sydney Morning Herald:
DUBLIN: Ireland will legalise abortions when the mother’s life is at risk, including when suicidal, following the death of a woman refused the procedure while undergoing a miscarriage.
…The government will repeal the legislation that criminalises abortion and introduce regulations setting out when doctors can perform the procedure. This will be when a woman’s life is regarded as being at risk, including the threat of suicide.
A few responses online, mostly critical – the Telegraph’s Cathy Newman with “Ireland’s abortion law is virtually meaningless”:
Of course, the story wasn’t quite as interesting as the headline. What Ireland is proposing is simply to pass legislation to allow abortions where a woman’s life is at risk. Far from a new departure, this simply implements a court ruling which should have been enshrined in law two decades ago.
Ireland announces abortion law reforms, leaving no one satisfied – Yahoo,claiming that pro and anti-abortionists are both going to be unhappy with the ruling.