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The United Nations Human Rights Committee states that Ireland’s abortion laws violate human rights

In a controversial judgement regarding a dual Irish-US citizen who had to travel to the UK to terminate a non-viable pregnancy the Committee called on the Irish government to allow women free access to abortion, labelling extant laws ‘cruel’ and ‘inhumane’. Ireland permits abortion only if there is a risk to the life of a pregnant woman; pro-choice organisations there are currently lobbying the government to broaden this to include cases of ‘rape, incest, inevitable miscarriage and fatal fetal abnormality.’

The UNHRC also suggested authorities compensate the woman for the distress and trauma experienced.

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