Friday 31 July 2015
New abortion legislation for Ireland has been drafted by legal experts and published by the open access journal Feminists@law on 29 June. The model law is intended to be a contribution to public discussion of abortion law reform in Ireland and internationally.
The draft legislation and contextualising paper was produced by a group of legal experts, including QMUL's Dr Ruth Fletcher, in response to a request for legal advice by Labour Women.
Together they propose deconstitutionalisation of the right to life of the ‘unborn’ through repeal of the Eighth Amendment, decriminalisation of abortion, and access to abortion on risk to health grounds in order to meet international human rights obligations.
- Read the model abortion law
- Paper contextualising the reform proposals: Abortion Law Reform in Ireland: A Model for Change
- Guest blog on the proposals by Dr Ruth Fletcher for Reproductive Health Matters