Caroline Kennedy lit a memorial flame in Ireland 50 years after her father, John F. Kennedy, made his iconic trip there. 'No visit . . . meant more to him that his visit to Ireland,' said Caroline Kennedy.
'JFK 50: The Homecoming' celebrations focused on the County Wexford, from where Patrick Kennedy departed in 1848 at the height of Ireland's potato famine. In June 1963, his great-grandson John returned to the town as the United States' first and only Irish Catholic president.
Irish lawmakers presented guidelines describing when life-saving terminations could be allowed. Opponents of the bill worried it would become a platform for further expanding abortion rights in Ireland.
The recent death of a woman reportedly denied an abortion has sparked outrage. In Dublin, thousands of marchers demanded liberalization of Ireland's tough – and, some say, unclear – anti-abortion laws.