In December, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion violates the rights of pregnant women to receive proper medical care in life-threatening cases. Each year, more than 6,000 women travel abroad from Ireland to obtain abortion services, often at costs of over $1,500 per trip. In a statement on the ruling, the Irish Family Planning Association—the IWHC partner that helped bring about this decision—said the court sent “a very strong message that the State can no longer ignore the imperative to legislate for abortion.”
What’s next: Each year, an estimated 20 million unsafe abortions occur worldwide. IWHC will continue to support the Irish Family Planning Association and other local leaders across Africa, Asia, and Latin America working to expand access to safe abortion services. Click here to learn more about the efforts of IWHC partner Mujer y Salud en Uruguay (MYSU), which is working to gain the support of newly-elected President José Mujica and sympathetic members of Congress for a new bill legalizing abortion. Click here for a factsheet on the dangers of unsafe abortion.