Friday 21 July 2017

As long as Enda Kenny is in power, women like Amanda Mellet will continue to suffer

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has stripped Dr James Reilly of his deputy leadership of Fine Gael, seen as a direct response to Dr Reilly’s call for a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment last year. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has stripped Dr James Reilly of his deputy leadership of Fine Gael, seen as a direct response to Dr Reilly’s call for a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment last year. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Deirdre Conroy

Deirdre Conroy

Last week's ruling by the United Nations Human Rights Committee on Amanda Mellet v Ireland once more brought to global attention the dichotomy in our State system and its treatment of pregnant mothers in cases of fatal foetal abnormality.

The UN committee found that our country's prohibition and criminalisation of abortion services violated the human rights of Ms Mellet and had caused her "intense physical and mental suffering".

The ban on terminations for medical reasons is not a ban, it is merely a 'NIMBY' gesture. As the obstetrician employed by the HSE gives you the bad news, they don't ban you from taking action; you can leave the jurisdiction if you wish. The gardaí will not stop you getting on a plane. There is nothing unlawful about your decision, your journey or your action.

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