Improve Access to Abortions in Ireland


Target: President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins

Goal: Make safe and legal abortions more accessible to women

Under pressure from the United Nations, the Irish parliament recently passed a law allowing pregnant women to receive abortions under certain circumstances. Unfortunately, said circumstances are extremely restrictive–a woman may only receive an abortion, says the new law, after at least two doctors have certified that the pregnancy poses a danger to her life. This is a slap in the face to all who care about the health and freedom of women, and should be rectified immediately. The law should be rewritten to make safe and legal abortions more accessible to Irish women, without draconian restrictions.

The law makes it even more difficult for a woman to receive an abortion if the threat to her life is psychological, rather than physical. In such a case, it requires two psychiatrists and an obstetrician to testify that the woman is likely to commit suicide following the childbirth. It does nothing for women pregnant as a result of rape, or women whose pregnancies are unlikely to come to term. In such cases, the woman is still legally obligated to carry the pregnancy as long as possible, or else receive a dangerous illegal abortion.

The new regulations were first drafted following a 2010 case in the European Court of Human Rights, in which it was determined that Ireland’s failure to provide safe and legal abortions to its citizens had led to egregious human rights violations, including many cases where women were forced to carry lethal pregnancies to term and expired as a result. This is tantamount to murder, and the current law does little to address the charges against Ireland–it is still entirely possible for a woman to be forced to carry a potentially lethal pregnancy to term by the law.

Such blatant disregard for human rights cannot be tolerated from the Irish parliament. Demand that the law is redrafted to make abortion more accessible, so that no more women are harmed by the gross negligence of the Irish government.


Dear President Michael D. Higgins,

The Irish Parliament recently passed a U.N.-mandated law that does precious little to change the restrictions on abortion in Ireland. The new restrictions on abortions are draconian to an extreme, and it is likely that many women will still die as a result of nonviable and potentially fatal pregnancies carried to term.

This is tantamount to murder. The Irish government has no right to place such legally unsound and ethically horrific restrictions on women’s health and personal freedoms. You must put into motion reforms that will grant more freedoms to Irish women.


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