Ireland looks at ways to bring its abortion law into line with European judgment

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 30 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8165
  1. Muiris Houston
  1. 1Galway

The Irish government has published a report from an expert group appointed to provide options for dealing with the judgment by the European Court of Human Rights on abortion in the Republic of Ireland.

The group was established to advise the government how to respond to the court’s decision in 2010 that Ireland had failed to properly implement the constitutional right to life of the mother set out by the country’s Supreme Court in the “X” case in 1992.1 The case involved a 14 year girl who became suicidal when she discovered …

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