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Dearbhail McDonald: We need legislation and we need it now

ALTHOUGH it is difficult, our first reaction to the maternal death of Savita Halappanavar - after our heartfelt sympathy to her family - should be restraint.

We simply do not know, at this early stage, what caused the septicaemia (blood poisoning) that led to her death or whether her death could have been avoided even if her unviable foetus had been removed much earlier.

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