Saturday, 19 August 2017

TheJournal.ie : 'Sorry, UN. Ireland's abortion laws are progressive, modern and compassionate'

TheJournal.ie : 'Sorry, UN. Ireland's abortion laws are progressive, modern and compassionate'

by Niamh Uí Bhriain

"Firstly, there is no right to abortion under international human rights law. That is a fact, and a fact easily verified by looking at the UN’s human rights charters and treaties which so many countries, including Ireland, have signed up to.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights doesn’t mention abortion at all, but it does say that all human beings have a right to life. That the preborn child is a human being is a matter now long established by science. As a matter of fact, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child points out that ”the child by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth.”

This is what human rights treaties are designed for – to ensure that people who are most vulnerable are not denied their human rights. It’s hard to think of anyone more vulnerable than a preborn child."

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