Denied Abortion, Woman Forced to Have Baby at 25 Weeks
Irish case tests new law that permits some abortions
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2014 4:00 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The abortion issue is heating up in Ireland, where a woman was denied termination under a new law—then threatened a hunger strike and was forced to have a Caesarean section, the Guardian reports. The woman (impregnated via rape, a friend says) demanded an abortion at eight weeks' pregnancy and said she was suicidal, but a medical panel turned her down. When she threatened the hunger strike, health authorities obtained court approval to have her baby delivered prematurely at 25 weeks. The newborn "has been placed in care," the Guardian says, and officials tell the Irish Times that they've launched an internal review.

It's become a test case for Ireland's new abortion law. The 2013 Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act allows for abortions in certain cases—like a suicidal woman impregnated by rape or incest, or a woman's life being at risk—despite a constitutional amendment that protects fetuses from inception. Now critics say the law is pointless, because suicidal women will struggle to persuade a panel of up to seven experts. Ireland's education minister says the constitutional amendment should be reconsidered (by a future government) but defended the law, saying it's "all that was possible under the Constitution."

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petseeker11
Aug 19, 2014 11:19 PM CDT
congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz has been involved in making custody impossible for rapists who fathered children (Florida). Good link: Feminists for Life: Hard Cases, exceptional choices, Analyn Megison.
fractal
Aug 19, 2014 5:17 PM CDT
Fetus fetishists drive thru laws designed to punish women by making them have abortions without sedation---they ADMIT wanting women to hurt badly!!! And yet, they go on and on and on about the non-existent problem of fetal pain. Now, if that notion were actually true, then the fetus fetishists are RESPONSIBLE FOR FETAL PAIN during abortion. Because, the fetus receives the same sedation as the woman, and it will be much stronger in their underdeveloped system. No sedation for the woman means no sedation for the fetus. By denying women sedation and MAKING SURE THEY PAY FOR THEIR ABORTION WITH SCREAMS, fetus fetishists actually CAUSE the pain to the unborn they complain so much about---IF that pain exists at all.
ChuckInVista
Aug 19, 2014 4:53 PM CDT
Well thank heaven all it took was forcibly cutting open a suicidal rape victim to get our bundle of joy out. I'll start knitting booties.