Abandoned and Stigmatised: The Impact of the Irish Abortion Law on Women

Ireland must without delay take steps to reform its abortion law and ensure that women have access to safe and legal abortion without discrimination in line with its human rights obligations. In this regard, the Center for Reproductive Rights urges the Irish government to:

  • Decriminalize abortion for both women and health care providers.
  • Allow women safe and legal access to abortion in Ireland, at aminimum, when their life or health is at risk, when the pregnancy results from rape or incest, and in case of fatal or serious fetal impairments in line with international human rights standards.
  • Repeal the Regulation of Information (Services Outside the State for the Termination of Pregnancies) Act, 1995 and adopt positive measures to ensure that women have access to comprehensive information about legal abortion both within and outside Ireland without restrictions in line with international human rights standards.
  • Adopt effective and accessible procedures for women to exercise their rights to access legal abortion services in Ireland that are non-discriminatory and sensitive to the particular circumstances and needs of different groups of women.
  • Put in place an effective and time-sensitive process through which individual women can challenge refusals to provide them a legal abortion.

Download the article from Center for Reproductive Rights : www.ccprcentre.org/pdf