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The Irish Journey: Removing the shackles of abortion restrictions in Ireland.

Taylor, M; Spillane, A; Arulkumaran, SS (2020) The Irish Journey: Removing the shackles of abortion restrictions in Ireland. Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol, 62. pp. 36-48. ISSN 1532-1932 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2019.05.011
SGUL Authors: Arulkumaran, Sabaratnam

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Abstract

In May 2018, the Irish electorate voted to remove from the Constitution one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the world. This referendum followed 35 years of legal cases, human rights advocacy, feminist activism and governmental and parliamentary processes. The reframing of abortion as an issue of women's health rather than foetal rights was crucial to the success of law reform efforts. The new law, enacted in 2018, provides for access to abortion on a woman's request up to 12 weeks of pregnancy and in situations of risk to the life or of serious harm to the health of the pregnant woman and fatal foetal anomaly thereafter. Abortion is now broadly accessible in Ireland; however, continued advocacy is needed to ensure that the state meets international human rights standards and that access to abortion care and abortion rights is fully secured within the law.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Keywords: Abortion, Advocacy, Human rights, Ireland, Legalisation, Abortion, Induced, Abortion, Legal, Female, Human Rights, Humans, Ireland, Politics, Pregnancy, Pregnant Women, Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights, Women's Rights, Humans, Abortion, Induced, Abortion, Legal, Pregnancy, Politics, Human Rights, Reproductive Rights, Women's Rights, Pregnant Women, Ireland, Female, Reproductive Health, Abortion, Ireland, Human rights, Advocacy, Legalisation, Abortion, Advocacy, Human rights, Ireland, Legalisation, Abortion, Induced, Abortion, Legal, Female, Human Rights, Humans, Ireland, Politics, Pregnancy, Pregnant Women, Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights, Women's Rights, 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine, Obstetrics & Reproductive Medicine
SGUL Research Institute / Research Centre: Academic Structure > Molecular and Clinical Sciences Research Institute (MCS)
Journal or Publication Title: Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol
ISSN: 1532-1932
Language: eng
Dates:
DateEvent
January 2020Published
27 May 2019Published Online
21 May 2019Accepted
Publisher License: Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
PubMed ID: 31395317
Web of Science ID: WOS:000513991100005
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URI: http://openaccess.sgul.ac.uk/id/eprint/111758
Publisher's version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2019.05.011

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