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Slovakian lawyers watches judges entering Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, eastern France. Europe's human rights court is hearing a Roma woman's case alleging that she was wrongly and forcibly sterilized by a state hospital in her native Slovakia because of her ethnicity. The European Court of Human Rights opened the hearing Tuesday in the eastern French city of Strasbourg regarding the complaint of the woman who was identified only as "V.C." against Slovakia's government. The court said the woman, who was born in 1980, was sterilized after giving birth in 2000 to her second child. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)

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Carmel Stewart, a lawyer of the three women victims of restrictions on abortion in Ireland, reads the judgment from the European Court of Human Rights in the Grand Chamber Thursday Dec. 16, 2010, in Strasbourg, eastern France. Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion violates the rights of pregnant women to receive proper medical care in life-threatening cases, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday in a judgment that harshly criticized Ireland's long inaction on the issue. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)

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Carmel Stewart, a lawyer of the three women victims of restrictions on abortion in Ireland, reads the judgment from the European Court of Human Rights in the Grand Chamber Thursday Dec. 16, 2010, in Strasbourg, eastern France. Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion violates the rights of pregnant women to receive proper medical care in life-threatening cases, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday in a judgment that harshly criticized Ireland's long inaction on the issue. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)