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Ireland OKs abortion in some cases in blow to Catholic Church
Ireland OKs abortion in some cases in blow to Catholic Church

LONDON -- Ireland’s first law authorizing abortion under certain conditions was signed into law Tuesday after a bruising debate in the predominantly Roman Catholic country over whether it risked opening the doors to abortion on demand. President Michael D. Higgins’ office confirmed that he had signed the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill, despite speculation that he might send the controversial measure to the Irish Supreme Court to examine its constitutionality. Higgins’ signature came 2½ weeks after a marathon session by lawmakers, who exhaustively discussed and parsed every word of the bill before approving it on a vote of 127-31. The lopsided tally...

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