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7/8/2014 - Pope Begs Forgiveness of Sexual Abuse Survivors, But Survivors Want Action
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) called on Pope Francis yesterday to take "tangible steps" to prevent widespread sexual abuse by clergy members instead of asking for forgiveness from victims. Yesterday Pope Francis met with six people who were sexually abused by clergy members as children to ask for their forgiveness....

6/5/2014 - Mass Grave in Ireland Contains Remains of Almost 800 Children from Catholic Mother-and-Baby Home
The remains of almost 800 children found in a mass grave in western Ireland have been determined to be from a home for unwed mothers that operated in Tuam, County Galway for 35 years between 1926 to 1961. The deaths of the children likely occurred because of neglect, disease and malnutrition, which was rampant according to a 1944 government investigation of the home....

7/12/2013 - Ireland Passes First Abortion Exception Law
Early Friday morning, Irish lawmakers passed a bill allowing abortions if the mother's life is in danger....

7/8/2013 - 11-Year-Old Chilean Rape Victim in Jeopardy
The life threatening pregnancy of an 11-year-old rape victim is sparking debate around abortion in the socially conservative country of Chile....

7/3/2013 - Law Allowing Limited Abortion Passes First Vote in Ireland
The Irish Parliament voted to support a bill that would allow a pregnancy to be terminated if the woman's life is at risk....

5/2/2013 - Ireland Unveils New Abortion Legislation
On Wednesday, the Irish parliament unveiled the Protection of Life In Pregnancy Bill which clarifies when a woman can have a life-saving abortion....

4/25/2013 - Woman Could Go To Jail For Life-Saving Abortion In El Salvador
A woman who faces a life-threatening, non-viable pregnancy may have to choose between saving her life or going to jail in El Salvador. "Beatriz", who is currently 22 and already a mother of a young infant, was diagnosed with multiple severe illness and is 18 weeks pregnant....

12/19/2012 - Irish Government Announces Change in Abortion Laws
On Tuesday, the Irish government announced that it will draft new legislation to clarify the country's restrictive abortion ban....

11/30/2012 - Irish Government May Face European Court for Abortion Death
On Thursday, Praveen Halappanavar announced that he will take the Irish government to the European Court of Human Relations over his wife's death after she was denied an abortion last month. According to Gerard O'Donnell, Halappanavar's lawyer, Halappanavar believes the government did not investigate Savita Halappanavar's death in October sufficiently....

11/14/2012 - Woman Denied Abortion Dies in Ireland
Savita Halappanavar died last month in Ireland after she was denied an abortion while miscarrying her pregnancy....

5/24/2011 - Thousands of Irish Women Traveling to Britain for Legal Abortions
The United Kingdom Department of Health released a report today revealing that everyday 12 women travel from Ireland, where abortion is not legal, to Great Britain to obtain abortion services....

5/27/2010 - Marie Stopes Abortion Ad Airs on British Television
The United Kingdom's first television ad for abortion services ran earlier this week....

12/7/2009 - Irish Abortion Challenge Hearing This Week
The case of three Irish women who are challenging Ireland's abortion ban will be heard by the full 17 member chamber of the European Court of Human Rights this week....

7/10/2009 - Irish Women Challenge Abortion Ban
Three Irish women are challenging Ireland's abortion ban in the European Court of Human Rights....

5/22/2009 - Report Indicates Severe Abuse in Catholic Irish Orphanages
A report issued this week by Ireland's Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse on abuse within at least 216 Catholic orphanages and state institutions has resulted in a global outcry against the continued abuse of children by the Catholic church....

10/16/2008 - Women on Waves Arrives in Spain
The Women on Waves ship will arrive in the harbor of Valencia in southern Spain today where it will remain through October 21....

7/23/2008 - Northern Ireland Proposes Abortion Rights Amendment
Members of Parliament (MPs) in Northern Ireland have proposed an amendment to the Human Fertilization and Embryology Bill that would give women the same abortion rights available in Britain....

6/19/2008 - Virgin de Panecillo Statue Flies Safe Abortions Banner
On Wednesday, the Virgin de Panecillo statue in Ecuador flew a banner with the text "safe abortion" and the phone number for a hotline that provides women with information regarding safe medical and surgical abortions....

4/21/2008 - Council of Europe Pressures Member States to Legalize Abortion
The Council of Europe, a council dedicated to the legal protection of democracy and human rights, passed a resolution calling for all of its member states to legalize abortion....

7/16/2007 - Portugal: Legalized Abortion Goes into Effect Over Weekend
Portugal's law to legalize abortion within the first ten weeks of pregnancy went into effect on Sunday....

5/10/2007 - Irish Teen Wins Right to Travel to England for Abortion
Ireland's High Court ruled yesterday that a pregnant teen carrying a fatally deformed fetus can travel outside the country to obtain an abortion, after the motion was previously defeated by the lower and middle courts....

5/7/2007 - Irish Teenager Denied Travel for Abortion
Earlier today, the District Court of Ireland ruled that the 17-year-old Irish girl, known as "Miss D," will not be permitted to travel to the United Kingdom for an abortion, even though her fetus suffers severe abnormalities and will likely die within three days after birth....

5/4/2007 - Ireland's High Court to Hear Case Over Teen's Right to Abortion
A 17-year-old Irish girl petitioned Ireland's High Court yesterday for the right to travel to England to obtain an abortion, which remains illegal in Ireland even in cases of rape, incest, and severe fetal anomalies....

3/29/2007 - Amnesty International UK Votes to Support Abortion Rights
Amnesty International's UK branch (AIUK) voted last weekend at their annual conference in favor of supporting the right to safe and legal abortion....

2/12/2007 - Portugal Abortion Referendum Fails, Government Moves to Legalize
After a referendum on Portugal's strict abortion laws failed due to low voter turn-out, the country's Socialist government has announced that it will work to legalize abortion in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy....