Ireland on the Frontline: challenging foetal rights ideologies

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Title: Ireland on the Frontline: challenging foetal rights ideologies
Other Titles: Ireland – on the Frontline: challenging foetal rights ideologies
Authors: Barry, Ursula
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Date: 20-Mar-2018
Online since: 2019-03-28T10:49:37Z
Abstract: In 2013, I wrote about the rise in foetal rights ideology and the consequences for women in Ireland and globally. I looked at both developments in the U.S and in Ireland and used the example of judgments from the Canadian Supreme Court as a reference point for kind of debate that is needed in Ireland. I view Ireland as on the global frontline in the battle over women’s reproductive rights and the fight for reproductive justice. Many things have changed since I wrote the chapter for Abortion in Ireland Volume 2 (Quilty et al 2013) and not much for the better. Ireland is among a few few countries across the globe with the most restrictive abortion law, together with a highly restrictive clause establishing foetal rights in the constitution. The full weight of criminal law penalties is used to create nervousness and fear among women and potential health service providers. A pregnant woman who accesses abortion, or anyone who assists or facilitates her in accessing abortion, other than when her life is in danger (under strict conditions of verification) face a penalty of 14 years in prison.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Orpen Press
Keywords: AbortionIrelandReproductive rightsJusticeConstitutional amendment
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: O' Riordan, C. (ed.). Debating the Eight: Repeal or Retain?
ISBN: 978-1-78605-050-2
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