U.N. Panel Slams Ireland’s Anti-Abortion Laws as “Cruel,” “Inhuman,” “Degrading,” “Discriminatory”


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Mark Joseph Stern – June 10, 2016

Ireland’s repressive abortion laws violate international law, the U. N. Human Rights Committee concluded on Thursday, by subjecting women to “discriminatory,” “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment” that “encroach[es] on [their] dignity and physical and mental integrity.” The panel ordered Ireland to “amend its law on voluntary termination of pregnancy, including if necessary its Constitution, to ensure compliance” with the decision and the law.