BBC News Europe
July 12, 2013
Lawmakers in the Republic of Ireland have voted to legalise abortion under certain conditions for the first time.
The move, approved by a 127-31 vote in the lower house (DĂˇil), would authorise a termination when doctors deem that a woman is at risk of taking her life. It needs upper house endorsement, too.
The vote follows the case of an Indian woman who died in hospital after she was refused an abortion.
The debate revealed deep splits in the predominantly Catholic country.