NORTHERN IRELAND / UK – CEDAW find that the UK violates the rights of women in Northern Ireland by unduly res tricting access to abortion

The Northern Ireland Alliance for Choice has welcomed the report of the CEDAW Inquiry, published on 23 February 2018, which was launched following a submission to CEDAW in 2015 by three Northern Irish groups – the Family Planning Association, Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform, and Alliance for Choice.

The report concludes that the UK is in violation of a number of articles of the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

“Denial of abortion and criminalization of abortion amounts to discrimination against women because it is a denial of a service that only women need. And it puts women in horrific situations,” said Halperin-Kaddari, a law professor specialising in international women’s rights. Women’s mental anguish was exacerbated when they were forced to carry to term a non-viable fetus (in cases of fatal foetal abnormality) or where the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest, she continued, adding that forcing a woman to continue with her pregnancy in such a situation amounted to unjustifiable State-sanctioned violence.

http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/northern-ireland-uk-cedaw-find-that-the-uk-violates-the-rights-of-women-in-northern-ireland-by-unduly-restricting-access-to-abortion/?

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s