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A significant but minor step for the pro-choice movement

category ireland / britain | gender | opinion / analysis author Tuesday December 21, 2010 23:56author by Andrew Report this post to the editors

European Court of Human Rights rules on ABC

Last Thursday the European Court of Human Rights found that the Irish government had violated the rights of a woman living in Ireland who was forced to travel to Britain for an abortion. Abortion continues to be unavailable in Ireland and the court ruling was based on the failure of Irish governments to legislate for abortion under the 'X case' an infamous case from 1992 when a 14 year old rape victim X was prevented leaving the country to get an abortion in England. The WSM was centrally involved in the mobilizations that forced the courts to back down and allow X to travel and has continued to be involved in the pro-choice movement since that time. Below is the coverage we provided on Thursday on WSM.IE as the ABC result was revealed.


Overview of the result from a WSM member
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled on the ABC case finding in favor of one of the three women who brought the cases and has said that the government has failed to legislate for abortion under the X case. The court found that the government had violated the rights of the woman who had a rare form of cancer and who had to travel to Britain for an abortion.

Pro-choice doctor on the implications of the decision
Dr Mary Favier, a Cork GP and a founder member of Doctors for Choice, says the ABC case decision is a hugely welcome, important and significant decision. That will make a fundamental difference and force the government to legislate for the X Case. She then explains the background to the ABC v Ireland case currently before the European Court of Human Rights.

The grim reality of anti-choice laws and bigots in Ireland
On the day that the European court is ruling on the ABC case guest writer and pro-choice activist Maura Lane reflects on the reality of life for women under Ireland's anti-choice laws and the difficulties faced by the small activist groups such as Choice Ireland and Cork Women’s Right to Choose who lobby and promote the right to choose in Ireland.

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