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A feminist analysis of the Neary and Halappanavar cases
Joan McCarthy

Catholicism. However, a senior midwife, Ann Maria Burke, admitted that she had suggested that the rationale for why the hospital could not provide Ms Halappanavar with an abortion was because Ireland was a ‘Catholic country’ (Holland, 2013b). When Ms Burke told the inquest that she had made the comment to Ms Halappanavar, the coroner told her that her remarks had ‘gone around the world’, that the abortion had been refused on legal, not religious, grounds, and DONNELLY 9780719099465 PRINT.indd 19 12/10/2015 15:59 20 Context and care that neither religious dogma nor

in Ethical and legal debates in Irish healthcare