Friday 23 March 2018

Amnesty to attack Irish abortion legislation

Amnesty International
Amnesty International

AN AMNESTY International report being published today is set to be highly critical of Ireland's abortion legislation.

The global human rights body has spent a year-and-a-half compiling the special report, which will include interviews with Irish women who have had abortions.

Ireland was one of five countries chosen for examination by Amnesty for being "emblematic of global abuses of sexual and reproductive rights".

The organisation's secretary general, Salil Shetty, will launch the report in Dublin this morning and will later address the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children.

Amnesty has previous stated its belief that Ireland's abortion legislation and guidance fails to comply with the country's human rights obligations.

It has also been critical of the criminalisation of the termination of pregnancy which results from rape, incest or sexual violence.

Researchers interviewed Irish women who have had abortions and focused on issues including the high cost of travel abroad and the impact this has on young women and socio-economically marginalised groups.

Previous Amnesty reports have focused on Nepal and El Salvador.

Last year Amnesty called on the Government to amend abortion laws after a critical report by the UN Committee on Human Rights.

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