Court: Irish abortion ban violates women’s rights

DUBLIN—The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion violates the rights of pregnant women to receive proper medical care in life-threatening cases.

Thursday’s judgment will put Ireland under pressure to draft a law extending limited abortion rights to women whose pregancies represent a potentially fatal threat to their own health.

Ireland has resisted taking that step since 1992, when Ireland’s Supreme Court ruled this should happen.

The judgment ruled in favor of a Lithuanian woman living in Ireland who was successfully battling cancer and feared that her pregnancy would trigger a relapse of the disease. She had to travel to England for an abortion. The European judges ruled she should have received an abortion in Ireland.

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