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Northern Ireland defeats bid to allow abortion in cases of severe fetal deformity

February 11, 2016

Lawmakes in Northern Ireland have defeated a proposal that would have allowed for legal abortion in cases in which the unborn child was diagnosed with a fatal physical defect.

After a heated debate, the Northern Ireland Assembly voted 59 to 40 against the proposal. Proponents had argued that it was merciful to end the lives of babies who could not survive-- or could not live for long-- outside the womb. Pro-life advocates replied that merciful treatment would mean providing the best care for the child during its short life.

Abortion is legal in Northern Ireland today only in cases when the pregnancy threatens the life of the mother or could cause severe and lasting damage to her health.

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  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Feb. 11, 2016 7:09 PM ET USA

    The Italians demo against same sex get togethers. The Irish defeat what might have been a shoo in emotionally. The United States, well, it's still mired in the do anything 60s.