Council of Europe calls for abortion rights
Tuesday, 18 March 2008 17:57
The Council of Europe has called on Ireland to decriminalise abortion.
The Council’s Committee on Equal Opportunities says all member states should guarantee women the right to abortion.
The report calls for abortion be decriminalised, saying a ban does not reduce the number of abortions but can lead to more dangerous and clandestine procedures.
The committee says it is concerned about conditions that it says restrict the effective access to safe abortion in member states.
The report recommends that all 47 countries, which make up the Council of Europe, should guarantee women the right to have an abortion and promote cheaper contraception, along with improved sex education, to try to reduce the number of women who seek abortions.
The recommendations will be discussed by the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly next month.
The Chief Executive of the Irish Family Planning Association, Niall Behan, says there has been a big shift in opinion on the issue of abortion in Ireland in the last 20 years.
He said it would take time to achieve a consensus on the issue but that today’s report was a step in the right direction.
It’s about time.
And yes I am prochoice and yes ideally there would be free contraception, proper sexual education
and a proper non stigmatized support system for those who give up thier child for adoption,
so that the chance of a woman facing the decision about abortion are less.
As it stands we are exporting the problem and causing undue stress and hardship on women in having to travel and find the money needed.
How many ? 1999 to 2006 the numbers are just over 6,000 women a year to the UK this does not include those that went to holland or any where else in europe.