Thursday, January 31, 2013
Even Limited Easing of Ireland's Abortion Ban Meets Resistance
The Economist: Still restrictive:
A limited plan to ease Ireland’s laws against abortion provokes sharp debate
THE Irish Supreme Court ruled 21 years ago that abortion was legal if the risk that pregnancy might prompt suicide put the life of a woman in grave danger. The case involved a sexually abused and suicidal teenager whom the lower courts stopped from travelling to England for an abortion, a decision the Supreme Court reversed. Yet successive governments ignored the court’s decision. Ireland still has one of the rich world’s most restrictive abortion regimes. . . .
Three years ago, however, the European Court of Human Rights embarrassed the politicians into taking action by calling on Ireland to clarify its abortion law. . . .