Landmark ruling finds country’s restrictive abortion legislation subjected Amanda Mellet to emotional and mental suffering
The UN’s human rights committee has ruled that Ireland’s restrictive abortion legislation subjected a woman to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and violated her human rights, in a ground-breaking judgment that is expected to set an international precedent.
The landmark ruling calls on Ireland to reform its law on abortion to introduce “accessible procedures for pregnancy termination” to prevent similar violations in the future. The judgment marks the first time thatan international human rights committee has responded to an individual [...]
Campaigners urge governments in Latin America to rethink bans on abortion and make contraception widely available
Campaigners are calling on Latin American governments to rethink their policies on contraception and abortion because of the spread of Zika virus, which they fear will lead to a rise in women’s deaths from unsafe abortions as well as the predicted surge in brain-damaged babies.
Several governments in the region have advised women to postpone getting pregnant for up to two years, which reproductive health groups say is impossible in countries where birth control is not easily available and many women fall pregnant through sexual violence.