Thursday 8 December 2016

All Amnesty wants is for Ireland's abortion laws to respect basic UN human rights

Colm O'Gorman

Published 11/07/2015 | 02:30

"If you support making the abortion pill available in Ireland, then you support abortion-on-demand. You can no longer say you support abortion only when the mother's life is in danger, or when her baby has a fatal foetal abnormality" - David Quinn

It has been an interesting few weeks since Amnesty International launched our report on Ireland's abortion laws on June 9. Ireland was selected as a focus country in Amnesty's global 'My Body My Rights' campaign because its abortion law is one of the most restrictive in the world, seriously violating women's and girls' human rights. Our campaign on Ireland has received an enormous level of engagement and support.

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We have also had the expected objections, including by writers in this paper.

When Amnesty adds to the human rights issues it works on (this is not new - Amnesty has been working on abortion since 2007), this can challenge people's comfort zones and provoke strong responses.

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