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UN committee calls for Irish abortion referendum

23 June 2015


The UN Committee is calling for a referendum to overturn protection for Irish unborn children

The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has called for a referendum on abortion in Ireland.

Following a two day hearing in Geneva, the 17-member committee stated its concern at "Ireland's ... legislation on abortion." It has called for a referendum to repeal Article 40.3.3 which protects the right to life of the unborn.

The committee also called for a revision of the 2013 Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, claiming it is unclear "what constitutes a threat to a woman’s life." [Irish Times, 22 June]

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