A U.N. Judgment Says Ireland’s Anti-Abortion Laws Are a Violation of Human Rights

June 10, 2016

(Washington Post) – The United Nations Human Rights Committee announced a ruling Thursday on a case brought by Amanda Mellet, an Irish woman who after being told that her fetus would not survive her pregnancy, traveled to the United Kingdom for an abortion, because of Ireland’s laws prohibiting abortions in all cases except in which the mother’s life is in danger. In a 29-page report, the committee said Mellet’s human rights had been violated. The language the report used to castigate the Irish government was strong.

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