Sunday, 17 December, 2017

United Nations Condemns "Cruel and Inhumane" Irish Abortion Laws

REVEALED Number of Louth women who travelled to UK for abortion in 2016 83 women from Louth travelled to the UK for an abortion last year
Christy Curtis | 14 June, 2017, 05:47

New data from the Department of Health shows a steady rise since 2006 in the proportion of women who are mothers opting for terminations.

Ms Deely urged women who have had an abortion, either by taking pills or travelling, to seek out after-care in Ireland.

Instead, Ms Bailey said: "We have no idea how many women access safe and effective abortion pills online from professional services, but recently the PSNI have claimed to have seized 100 packages and there are several ongoing prosecutions in our courts".

In the 2015 report She is Not a Criminal: the impact of Ireland's abortion law, Amnesty International documented the harrowing experiences that women and girls in Ireland have endured because of the restrictive laws on abortion.

The Louth figure, which was the eighth highest in the country, represented 3% of the 3,265 women in total who travelled to the United Kingdom seeking a termination in 2016.

Fewer than a quarter of abortions were performed on single women who said they had no partner, and fewer than one in six on married women.

"Or if a woman is concerned about her health following taking an abortion pill or travelling overseas for an abortion, we would encourage her to attend a free post-abortion medical check-up funded by the HSE".

"It is now my honest hope for all those women and couples who find themselves in similar circumstances that it will not be long before our politicians finally find the courage to act and call a constitutional referendum and enable law reform".

An Irish woman who was denied an abortion has suffered a violation of her human rights, a United Nations committee has concluded.

The 2016 number is the lowest in any year since 1969.

Abortion rates have been decreasing among women under 30, but are rising among those aged 30 and over.

"Until then, they will continue to be forced to travel to other jurisdictions for this healthcare and incur costs of up to £2,000 for private treatment".

"Recent research shows that increasing numbers of women from the island of Ireland are making contact with online abortion pill providers".

It is the second time in 12 months that the UN's human rights committee has denounced the abortion rules in the Irish Republic, which denies women with fatal foetal abnormalities the right to terminate pregnancies.

Siobhán Whelan sought a termination after learning of a fatal foetal abnormality during her pregnancy.

The UNHRC ruling echoes the decision it made in June 2016 in the case of Amanda Mellet.

Speaking about today's decision, the Center for Reproductive Rights, which filed the case on Whelan's behalf, said it expects her to be offered compensation. "The human rights committee has found that what happened to me was a human rights violation".

Hoctor said that, if enacted, this would bring Ireland in line with most other European countries.

"It has recognized that Ireland's abortion laws can cause women intense suffering, violating our most basic human rights".

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