EU Court Slams Ireland on Abortion Ban

Sky News reports that the European Court of Human Rights has criticized the Dublin government for “leaving its courts with a lack of good information regarding lawful abortions in the country.” Three women known as A, B, and C have been fighting Ireland’s ban on abortion.

In Ireland, abortion is only allowed if there is a “real and substantial risk to the life of the expectant mother.” The EU judges decided that one woman, who had been in remission for cancer and believed her life was at risk by the pregnancy, had her ‘rights’ violated: 

The judges said there had been no explanation why this existing constitutional right to abortion had not been implemented.

They ruled Ireland breached the woman’s right to respect for her private life because of this failure.

The court, however, dismissed the first two cases, unanimously ruling that the women’s rights were not violated by being forced to travel “because Irish law was legitimately trying to protect public morals.”

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  • John

    Hooray for Ireland. I hope they refuse to pay the fine.

    Evidently, the rulings of this international court are truly binding on treaty members. It blows my mind that a sovereign nation would place themselves under the authority of foreign courts.

  • Anonymous

    The rulings of the European Court of Human Rights are not binding on signatories to the Convention, and the Supreme Court of Ireland has said so in a judgment from two years ago. The real danger here is political not judicial; what will the Government do? That’s what we Irish have to work on.