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 a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to serving as an Executive Director at Feministing, Lori is the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

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

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