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Irish court battle over teenager's abortion right: 'Tragic case' reignites call for constitutional change: Doctors say brain impaired baby would live only days

Date: May 2, 2007
Author: Owen Bowcott
QUOTE: Abortion in this predominantly Catholic country, where the influence of the church has gradually weakened, remains illegal, with the ban on it written into the constitution. Abortions can only be performed if there is a substantial risk to the mother's life, which includes the threat of suicide. The law does not permit abortion on grounds of foetal abnormality.

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