Irish abortion debate reflects growing church-state tensions

Ruth Bowie was in the throes of grief when she found out she would never know her unborn child. At the 12-week mark, a pregnancy scan showed the baby had anencephaly, a fatal condition in which a portion of the brain and skull never form.

Bowie, 34, a pediatric nurse, knew the implications of the birth defect even before the doctor explained. But the life-changing news didn't stop there.

"The doctors said we will continue to look after you, or else you can choose to travel," she recalled.

Cardinal Mahony's vote in papal conclave stirs ire, shrugs

"Cardinal Mahony should do the right thing and stay home," said one group, while some Los Angeles parishioners aren't bothered.