Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

European Court decision due on Irish abortion law

CWN - December 13, 2010

The European Court of Human Rights is expected to issue a ruling this week in a pivotal case involving Irish law against abortion.

Three women have brought a challenge to the Irish law, charging that they endured indignity and health risks when they were forced to travel outside Ireland to obtain abortions. In a decision that is expected on December 16, the Strasbourg court will rule on the women’s claim that the Irish law violated their human rights.

The Irish government defended the country’s existing law, saying that it reflects “profound moral values deeply embedded in Irish society.” A finding against that law would put pressure on the government to take further step to make abortion legally available.

During the campaign leading up to a 2009 referendum on approving a new constitution for the European Union, the Irish hierarchy dismissed the fears of pro-life activists that the nation's pro-life laws could be jeopardized.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($25,856 to go):
$35,000.00 $9,144.48
74% 26%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Dec. 13, 2010 8:42 PM ET USA

    It seems more like the human rights of the babies were violated. Their lives were taken from them.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra 0 hours ago
Russia's demographic recovery + US demographic decline = danger 2 hours ago
James Carroll strikes (at the Church) again 3 hours ago
Improving the Church 24 hours ago
Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 2: The Impact of Grace April 15

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days