Irelands abortion regime ‘violates human rights’, says Amnesty

Report says death of Savita Halappanavar a consequence of Ireland’s ‘restrictive abortion law.’

Ireland’s abortion regime “violates the human rights of women and girls” here, a report from Amnesty International says.

The report, “She Is Not A Criminal: The impact of Ireland’s abortion law”, says despite the enactment of the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Act last year, Ireland is not complying with its international human rights obligations, and that the rights of women and girls here to life, health, equality, non-discrimination, privacy, information, and, freedom from torture and other degrading treatment are all being violated.

“In particular, the privileged position that the Irish Constitution’s Eighth Amendment accords to the foetus comes at the unacceptable expense of the rights and lives of pregnant woman and girls,” the report says.

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