Monday 25 September 2017

Amnesty to report on Irish abortion laws

Amnesty International is to compile a special report on Ireland's abortion laws
Amnesty International is to compile a special report on Ireland's abortion laws
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

Ireland's abortion laws will be the subject of a special report next year by Amnesty International, the global human rights organisation.

Ireland is one of five countries chosen by Amnesty as "emblematic of global abuses of sexual and reproductive rights".

The report aims to include testimonies from Irish women who have had abortions and explore issues such as the "prohibitive" high cost of travel, particularly for young women and socio-economically marginalised groups such as asylum seekers, undocumented migrants and Travellers. The criminalisation of termination of pregnancy which results from rape, incest or sexual violence will also be reviewed as part of the My Body My Rights Campaign.

Last night Amnesty launched a major report on El Salvador, which charged 129 women with abortion or aggravated homicide between January 2000 and April 2011. Sixteen women and girls were charged with the crime of abortion in El Salvador last year - six of these were under 17 years old at the time of the alleged offences. Amnesty said there were parallels between the abortion laws of the two countries.

Colm O'Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland, said that the world "cannot sit idly by" and watch women and girls in El Salvador suffer and die.

The Government here has ruled out any new abortion laws in its lifetime, following the introduction of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act last year.

Irish Independent

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