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UN committee demands Ireland allow referendum votes on legal abortion, women's position in home

June 25, 2015

Two referendums must be held to vindicate the economic, social and cultural rights of women in Ireland, according to the United Nations. A referendum on abortion and another on the position of women are necessary,

The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has said that Ireland should hold nationwide referenda on legal abortion and on the status of women.

The 17-member UN committee, in a report on Ireland’s performance to comply to with the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, said that a referendum vote should be scheduled to allow for the repeal of Article 40.3.3 of the Irish constitution, which protects the right to life of unborn children.

The UN committee also called for a referendum on Article 41.2 of the constitution, which cites the importance of women’s work “within the home” and stipulates that women should not be required to work “to the neglect of their duties within the home.” That provision, the UN committee said, allowed for “pervasive gender inequality.”


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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Jun. 26, 2015 2:17 AM ET USA

    And this is the same UN that the Pope wants to work with.

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Jun. 25, 2015 7:58 PM ET USA

    Excuse me but are not a large number even a majority of member states Moslem? In many of those countries abortion is no doubt illegal and women cannot even go out in public without familial male escort. Can some one say "give me a break"?