Quick Hit: European Court of Human Rights Rejects Irish Ban on Abortion

Some good news coming out of Europe this week: yesterday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion violates the rights of pregnant women to receive proper medical care in life-threatening cases.

This is huge; each year, more than 6,000 women travel abroad from Ireland to obtain abortion services, often at costs of over $1,500 per trip. This ruling will not only significantly liberalize Ireland’s draconian abortion laws and reduce the incidence of unsafe, illegal abortion in that country, but will help advance the establishment of global reproductive rights standards as well.

That being said, there’s more work to be done. The court still ruled that two other women’s cases (who didn’t have life-threatening situations) were not recognized as human rights violations. I guess it’s all about taking baby steps on this one.

You can access the full judgment here, and read a fact sheet on the importance of access to safe abortion here.

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Lori Adelman is Executive Director of Partnerships at Feministing, where she enjoys creating and curating content on gender, race, class, technology, and the media. Lori is also an advocacy and communications professional specializing in sexual and reproductive rights and health, and currently works in the Global Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives in Brooklyn.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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