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Savita Halappanavar's Death - A Human Rights Issue

(4) Comments | Posted 16 November 2012 | (19:46)

The facts leading up to 31 year-old Savita Halappanavar's death in Galway University Hospital on 28 October 2012 are now to be the subject of an official HSE enquiry. In Ireland, 'HSE' means the Health Service Executive, which is responsible for the delivery of healthcare services in the State -...

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Abortion Should Be Removed From Criminal Law

(17) Comments | Posted 18 October 2012 | (11:33)

In October last year, Anand Grover, the UN Special Rapporteur on Health, produced a hard-hitting report, calling on states to refrain from using criminal laws to regulate sexual and reproductive health.

Urging governments to reconsider these laws "immediately", he said: "Criminal prohibition of abortion is a very clear expression...

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