English Quiz for SBI PO Prelims (Week-03)
Directions (1-15): In the passage given below there are blanks which are to be filled with the options given below. Find out the appropriate word in each case which can most suitably complete the sentence without altering the meaning of the statement.
Ireland has firmly (1)…….. itself into the 21st century by voting overwhelmingly (66.4% vs 33.6%) to repeal the constitutional block on abortions. In a referendum, the Irish voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment that practically (2)……….. abortions. The amendment, introduced in 1983 to (3)……….. an older law outlawing abortions, grants an unborn child and the woman (4)……….. it an equal right to life. Consequently, abortions in Ireland have been only (5)………. when the life of the woman is at (6)………., including from suicide. This exception too was introduced as late as 2013, after 31-year-old Savita Halappanavar, a dentist from Karnataka, died of sepsis in a hospital after being (7)………. an abortion while miscarrying at 17 weeks. The couple made multiple requests for a (8)………… but were told it was not possible because Ireland was a Catholic country, her husband said during the inquest that (9)………. The inquest ruled that Halappanavar had died as a result of a medical (10)………… and her case helped galvanise the pro-repeal movement. Images of Halappanavar with a (11)……….. smile could be (12)………. on walls and placards in the run-up to Friday’s vote. Those luckier than her are able to travel abroad for abortions; amendments to the law (13)……… travel for such purposes as well as information on abortion processes available overseas. Alarmingly, there were still no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, or when the foetus had a fatal abnormality. In 2016 the United Nations asked Ireland to (14)……….. its laws around abortion after a woman’s highly (15)………… experience of trauma travelling to England to terminate her pregnancy because of fatal fetal abnormalities.
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