Thursday, December 16, 2010
French court challenges Ireland's constitutional abortion ban
Ireland's nationwide ban upon abortion rights is being challenged by pro-choice advocates, who assert that the ban violates the rights of women to receive proper medical attention. Recently, the ban was targeted by the European Court of Human Rights, which issued an opinion that harshly criticized the Irish government's stance on the issue.
The judgment from the court, which is based in Strasbourg, France, attempts to pressure Irish lawmakers to amend their position on abortion rights for women whose pregnancies are potentially fatal to their own health. Most especially, the Strasbourg judges noted that Irish law makes abortion rights unclear for women whose pregnancies were categorized as high-risk by physicians.
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