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Texas abortion bill misses deadline

USA Today: A vote on a Texas bill that would severely curtail abortion rights in the state descended into chaos in the early hours of Wednesday morning as lawmakers said the final vote missed a midnight deadline.

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said Republicans missed their deadline to pass new abortion restrictions after protesters screamed down lawmakers as the final 15 minutes passed before the special legislative session’s deadline. Dewhurst said on Wednesday morning that the abortion bill did not pass.

Photo: Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, speaks as she begins a filibuster in an effort to kill an abortion bill on June 25 in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)

El Salvador woman, denied abortion, has C-section

BBC: A woman who was denied an abortion by the Supreme Court in El Salvador has undergone a premature Caesarean section. The 22-year-old woman wanted to end the pregnancy because she was at risk due to lupus and kidney problems.

The fetus developed without a complete brain and skull and died shortly after birth.

Last week, the country’s Supreme Court upheld an absolute ban on abortions under any circumstances. However, the health minister said a Caesarean was an acceptable intervention.

Ark. House overrides veto of 12-week abortion ban

AP:

The Arkansas House on Wednesday voted to override Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto of a bill that would ban most abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward, giving the state the country’s most restrictive abortion laws and setting the stage for a certain court challenge.

A day after the Republican-led state Senate voted to override Beebe’s veto, the GOP-controlled House voted 56-33 to do the same. Only a simple majority was needed in each chamber.

Texas girl sues parents over abortion

Click2Houston.com: A 16-year-old Texas girl is suing her parents for coercing her to have an abortion against her will, a lawsuit claims.

The teen is two months pregnant and is represented by lawyers with the Texas Center for Defense of Life. A judge granted a temporary restraining order to save the baby’s life

Support grows for Roe vs. Wade

Wall Street Journal:

Seven in 10 Americans believe Roe v. Wade should stand, according to new data from a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, as the landmark Supreme Court abortion-rights ruling turns 40 on Tuesday.

That is the highest level of support for the decision, which established a woman’s right to an abortion, since polls began tracking it in 1989.

Inquest confirms Indian woman was denied abortion in Ireland
Staff at Galway University Hospital have backed up claims by the husband of Savita Halappanavar that she had asked for and was refused an abortion at the hospital just days before she died last October.
The Irish Times reports:

Halappanavar had been 17 weeks pregnant when she presented at the hospital a week earlier with severe back pain and was found to be miscarrying.Her husband said, following her death, that she had been in pain and repeatedly asked for a medical termination over a three-day period but this was refused as a fetal heartbeat was still present and they were told “this is a Catholic country.”She died in the hospital’s intensive care unit, four days after the fetal heartbeat stopped.

Photo: This handout picture from the Irish Times on November 14, 2012, shows Indian national Savita Halappanavar who died after being refused a termination of her pregnancy at a hospital in Galway. (AFP - Getty Images)

Inquest confirms Indian woman was denied abortion in Ireland

Staff at Galway University Hospital have backed up claims by the husband of Savita Halappanavar that she had asked for and was refused an abortion at the hospital just days before she died last October.

The Irish Times reports:

Halappanavar had been 17 weeks pregnant when she presented at the hospital a week earlier with severe back pain and was found to be miscarrying.

Her husband said, following her death, that she had been in pain and repeatedly asked for a medical termination over a three-day period but this was refused as a fetal heartbeat was still present and they were told “this is a Catholic country.”

She died in the hospital’s intensive care unit, four days after the fetal heartbeat stopped.

Photo: This handout picture from the Irish Times on November 14, 2012, shows Indian national Savita Halappanavar who died after being refused a termination of her pregnancy at a hospital in Galway. (AFP - Getty Images)

Ireland set to legalize abortions when woman’s life is at risk

In a move unthinkable even a few years ago, the Irish government is set to introduce legislation permitting abortions in limited circumstances.

The decision follows pressure from the European court of human rights, which ruled that abortions should be allowed in the republic in cases where a woman’s life was at risk, reports the Guardian.

The abortion ban gained attention last month after an Indian woman, Savita Halappanavar, died in Galway university hospital during a miscarriage after she and her husband had repeatedly asked for a termination of her 19-week-old pregnancy.

Her husband, Praveen, alleged that medical staff told them “this is a Catholic country” and that they would not carry out the termination

More from the Guardian here.

Widower of woman who was denied an abortion to sue Ireland

AP: Praveen Halappanavar, the widower of an Indian woman who died in an Irish hospital after she was refused an abortion, plans to sue Ireland’s government in the European Court of Human Rights. His lawyer confirmed the decision.

Halappanavar’s wife, Savita, died Oct. 28 in Ireland, one week after being admitted to a hospital for severe pain amid a miscarriage. Doctors did not perform an abortion while the fetus still had a heartbeat. Savita fell ill after the dead fetus was removed. A coroner ruled she died from blood poisoning.

Ireland’s deputy PM calls to clarify country’s abortion rules after woman’s death
Reuters: Ireland’s deputy prime minister has called to clarify the country’s abortion laws after a woman, who was denied a termination, died from septicaemia in an Irish hospital.
"I don’t think as a country we should allow a situation where women’s rights are put at risk in this way," Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore told parliament Thursday.
Irish law does not specify the circumstances under which the threat to a mother’s life or health is high enough to justify termination.
Photo: This handout picture received from the Irish Times on Nov. 14, 2012, shows Indian national Savita Halappanavar who died after being refused a termination of her pregnancy at a hospital in Galway. (via AFP - Getty Images)

Ireland’s deputy PM calls to clarify country’s abortion rules after woman’s death

Reuters: Ireland’s deputy prime minister has called to clarify the country’s abortion laws after a woman, who was denied a termination, died from septicaemia in an Irish hospital.

"I don’t think as a country we should allow a situation where women’s rights are put at risk in this way," Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore told parliament Thursday.

Irish law does not specify the circumstances under which the threat to a mother’s life or health is high enough to justify termination.

Photo: This handout picture received from the Irish Times on Nov. 14, 2012, shows Indian national Savita Halappanavar who died after being refused a termination of her pregnancy at a hospital in Galway. (via AFP - Getty Images)

Planned Parenthood sues Texas again over abortion funding

Planned Parenthood is suing to void a Texas law that blocks public funds for affiliates of abortion providers, saying the measure will cost the state almost $200 million in federal health-care funding for poor women

Bloomberg News reports:

Today’s complaint in state court in Austin follows yesterday’s statement by Texas Governor Rick Perry that he will immediately move to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood after a federal appeals court refused to intervene.

France to reimburse full abortion costs under reforms

France 24:Women seeking abortions in France will now have the full cost covered by the country’s social security system, according to reforms announced by the government.

The move by France’s newly-elected Socialist government was one of President Francois Hollande’s campaign pledges before he was elected. Hollande also promised to make abortion available in every major hospital.