Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International in Ireland, in a statement, said that International human rights law is clear about the right of a woman to access a safe and legal abortion where her life is at risk. He lamented that successive Irish governments have failed in their duty to provide the necessary clarity on how this right is protected and vindicated, leaving women in Ireland in a very vulnerable position. He said that the government must offer this clarity without further delay.
Marianne Mollmann, senior policy advisor at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat, said that Ireland has been subject to criticism from international human rights bodies for its failure to bring domestic legislation in line with international human rights principles, including a very clear ruling from the European Court of Human Rights.
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