ARC on the need to #repealthe8th

by Abortion Rights Campaign A common, almost hackneyed maxim (replicable to outline any injustice by changing the last word) goes that a society is best judged by how it treats its women. If a society treats its women as second-class citizens or, in the already immortal words of the UN Human Rights Committee Chair Sir(…)

Abortion in Ireland: Some Considerations for Non-Extremists #repealthe8th

by Clara Cecilia Fischer Last month, Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, stated that the problem with the abortion debate in Ireland is that it is dominated by the extremes, that is, by those on the anti-choice and the pro-choice sides, or by the “Catholic versus anti-Catholic view of things.” Such assertions of extremism in Ireland(…)

The Shape of Maternity: Recommendations for Reform in Maternity Care #repealthe8th

It is now 21 years since the 8th Amendment. However there are other dates to remember when considering the experience of pregnant women in Ireland. It is also eleven years since Michael Neary was struck off the medical register. Eight years since Judge Harding-Clarke’s report into obstetric practices at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda.(…)

Young Women and Abortion #repealthe8th

Young Women and Abortion Introduction Despite the fact that all the cases which have come before the Irish courts on the question of abortion and the correct interpretation of Article 40.3.3 have involved young women, there has been very little analysis of the rights of such women to access maternity care and make decisions in(…)

Abortion and Gender Recognition. #repealthe8th

By Peter Dunne In recent years, there has been a growing tendency – both in Ireland and farther afield – to link the issues of abortion and same-gender marriage. During his presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2004, George W Bush famously positioned himself as a strongman conservative, who would push back against court-imposed reproductive rights(…)

On the Difficulties of Rape Exceptions. #repealthe8th

One of the features of the Miss Y case that makes it particularly difficult to bear is that Miss Y, like Miss X all those years ago, was pregnant as a result of rape. According to the Rape Crisis Network Ireland, in 2011 90 women in Ireland became pregnant as a result of rape. We feel(…)

Mamie Cadden and the Unlearned Lesson. #repealthe8th

By Lynsey Black. The name of ‘Nurse Cadden’, death-sentenced murderer, abortionist and bogey-woman, lingers long in the collective Irish memory. It is invoked by commentators at each new flashpoint in Ireland’s seemingly never-ending abortion saga. This year, as the troubling details of a young woman denied access to an abortion under the 2013 legislation emerged,(…)

Blognival #repealthe8th

Over the course of today, Human Rights in Ireland will host a blognival on #repealthe8th with posts that engage directly with the questions around legal reform of abortion in Ireland to those that draw the links between abortion law in Ireland and the multiple layers of repressive law and policy that apply to women’s bodies(…)

Mavronicola on Trabelsi v Belgium

We are very pleased to welcome this guest post from Dr Natasa Mavronicola, a lecturer in law in Queen’s University Belfast In a judgment in early September, a Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (‘ECtHR’) found Belgium to have acted in breach of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (‘ECHR’)(…)

Sparing Enda’s blushes. Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A. and #knickersforchoice

Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A. is a direct action performance and protest group based in London, established to raise awareness of the Irish and Northern Irish abortion laws, which effectively require women to travel to England to terminate pregnancies in almost all circumstances. I.M.E.L.D.A. is an acronym, which stands for ‘Ireland Making England the Legal Destination for(…)

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