A EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER for Human Rights has released a report that criticises Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws.
A report published today by Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks singled out Ireland as an example of a country with highly restrictive abortion laws which “can have a broad range of physical, psychological, financial and social impacts on women, with implications for their health and well-being”.
Over four fifths of all Council of Europe member states have legalised abortion on
a woman’s request, with 36 out of 40 of that total having a time limit ranging from 10 to 24 weeks.
The report namechecks eight regions in Europe where this isn’t the case: Andorra, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, Northern Ireland, Poland and San Marino.
It says that they “all retain highly restrictive laws that forbid women’s access to abortion except in extremely limited circumstances”.