Dublin, June 14: Ireland belongs in the league of the European nations which is known to bring out the weirdest of laws. Aborting a child is solely a woman’s decision. It’s a human right to decide whether to give birth to a baby or not; in contrary of this ‘very’ liberal notion, Ireland moves ahead to rule out abortion laws instead. It is the second time in 12 months that the UN’s human rights committee has denounced the abortion rules in the Irish Republic, which denies women with fatal foetal abnormalities the right to terminate pregnancies.
The committee has found in favour of Siobhán Whelan, an Irish woman who was denied access to an abortion in 2010 despite being diagnosed with fatal foetal syndrome during her pregnancy. Fatal foetal abnormalities include where the foetus has under-developed vital organs such as the heart and brain, which would mean if the pregnancy went to full term the baby would either be stillborn or die within hours of birth. Whelan’s case mirrors that of Amanda Mellet, who was also forced to travel to Britain to end her pregnancy.
Last year the UN ruled in Mellet’s favour, and she made history by becoming the first woman to be compensated by the Irish state over the trauma she suffered. The committee also instructed Ireland to legalise abortion and provide effective and accessible abortion services.
Ireland outlaws abortions except where the life of a pregnant woman is at risk. With new Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on the powerful side, it’ll be interesting to see if he could change the law and bring in a logical change for Irish women.