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Ireland's abortion laws have made headlines around the world after a woman was forced to give birth here, even though she said she was suicidal after becoming pregnant through rape.

The Guardian wrote that a "pregnant, suicidal rape victim fought Ireland's new abortion law. The law won".

The New York Times also reported on the case, saying "domestic and international outrage" had followed the death of Savita Halappanavar.

The article also cited the UN Human Rights Committee's report this summer saying that it had "criticised Ireland's abortion law and told Irish government representatives that women were being treated as mere 'vessels'".


The news also made headlines in China where it was reported that "Irish force woman into caesarean birth at 25 weeks".

The South China Morning Post said the woman was "refused an abortion" even though demanding one at eight weeks.

In an editorial in the Guardian, the situation was described as "absurd".

"So about 4,000 women a year remain forced to travel to England," read the editorial.

"For those who cannot, abortion is still all but banned. That surely is one of the most absurd and morally compromising pieces of state hypocrisy in Europe."

BBC News also carried the story about the "suicidal" woman who was "refused" an abortion in Ireland.