There’s a group that’s going to examine the A, B and C v Ireland judgment of the European Court of Human Rights. It was set up as of January 13th this year…so it doesn’t seem to be breaking its neck in the rush to get the job done.
The Expert Group is to report back to Government within six months with options on how to implement the judgment of the European Courts.
The European Court held there is no right for women to an abortion in Ireland, emphasising that there is no straightforward right to an abortion under the Convention, and that member states have a broad margin of appreciation to prohibit abortion. However, given the violation of applicant C’s right to privacy, the result is that Ireland may have to further clarify whether and under which circumstances an abortion may be performed to save the life of a pregnant woman.
Ireland may have to further clarify whether and under which circumstances an abortion may be performed to save the life of a pregnant woman.
So as of now it’s not clear whether an abortion may be performed to save the life of a pregnant woman?
This is why people are so angry, you see. It’s become unpleasantly clear what that means in practice. It means women actually die because of a protracted miscarriage.
The Expert Group will be chaired by Justice Mr Sean Ryan and consist of the following 13 members:
- Dr Peter Boylan, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
- Dr Mary Holohan, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
- Dr Imelda Ryan, Psychiatrist,
- Dr Ailish Ni Riain, General Practitioner
- Dr Mark Walsh, General Practitioner
- Ms Christine O’Rourke, Office of the Attorney General
- Ms Mary O’Toole, Senior Counsel
- Ms Joanelle O’Cleirigh, Solicitor
- Ms Denise Kirwin, Solicitor
- Dr. Deirdre Madden, Medical Council
- Dr Maura Pidgeon, An Bord Altranais
- Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health
- Mr Bernard Carey, Assistant Secretary, Department of Health
We’ll have to find out who they all are. We need to know if any are acting for the church.