UN says Ireland’s abortion ban ‘cruel, inhuman or degrading’

Committee calls for women to be permitted to voluntarily terminate pregnancy safely

Leah Hoctor, regional director for Europe at the Centre for Reproductive Rights said the decision was ‘profoundly important’ for Ms Mellet but also ‘groundbreaking’ in international law.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Leah Hoctor, regional director for Europe at the Centre for Reproductive Rights said the decision was ‘profoundly important’ for Ms Mellet but also ‘groundbreaking’ in international law. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A woman carrying a foetus with a fatal abnormality was subjected to discrimination and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment due to Ireland’ s abortion ban, the United Nations has found.

It called for the strict prohibition to be reversed, including reforming the right to life of the unborn in the Constitution if necessary, to allow women to voluntarily terminate a pregnancy safely.

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