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Human Rights Watch condemns Irish ban on abortion

January 29, 2010

The New-York based Human Rights Watch has issued a condemnation of Ireland’s laws against abortion, claiming that these laws violate the human rights of women. In Ireland, the Pro-Life Campaign countered: “Human Rights Watch cannot credibly claim to be a human rights organisation while at the same time denying the rights of unborn children throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy.”

"Women in need of abortion services should, as a matter of international law and—frankly-- human decency, be able to count on support from their government as they face a difficult situation," said Marianne Mollmann of Human Rights Watch.

Ruth Cullen of the Pro-Life Campaign replied: “It is ridiculous to claim that Ireland is in breach of its international human rights obligations because it respects the right to life of unborn children.”

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