Monday, February 15, 2016
United Nations Committee Rules Abortion a Human Right
Mic (Feb. 1, 2016): A United Nations Committee Officially Ruled Abortion a Human Right, by Julie Zeilinger:
The United Nations Human Rights Committee has ruled that abortion is a human right in a Peruvian case where the petitioner was denied an abortion even though it would have been legal due to the grave condition of the fetus. The fetus was afflicted with anencephaly, meaning it would not have a brain and would not survive. The teenage mother cared for the child for four days before it died and then sank into a deep depression. The Committee determined that Peru had violated the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and awarded the mother compensation.