The following is from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child “Concluding observations on the combined third and fourth period reports of Ireland”
1. The Committee is concerned about the “The Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act” of 2014 which only allows for abortion when there is a “real and substantial risk” to the life of the mother and criminalises abortion even in instances where the pregnancy results from rape, incest, or in cases of severe foetal impairment. Furthermore, the Committee is concerned that the term “real and substantial risk” prevents doctors from being able to provide services in accordance with objective medical practice. The Committee is also concerned at the severe lack of access to sexual and reproductive health education and emergency contraception for adolescents.
2. In the light of its general comment No. 4 (2003) on adolescent health, the Committee recommends that the…
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