[JURIST] Irish President Michael Higgins [official website] on Tuesday signed the country's first abortion bill into law, legalizing the practice in exceptional cases where doctors deem a woman's life at risk. The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill [text, PDF] allows women to pursue an abortion to alleviate life-threatening conditions, including a women's own threat to commit suicide if refused a termination. The bill is Ireland's first legislation on abortion [JURIST report] since 1867, which outlawed the practice with a...

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