Three women in the Republic of Ireland (where abortion is a criminal act) are making a case to the European Courts of Human Rights that their human rights were violated due to the unavailability of abortion. The Independent reports that the women’s case is based on the claim that their health was threatened by being forced to go abroad for an abortion. This:
breached their human rights under Articles 2 (Right to Life), 3 (Prohibition of Torture), 8 (Right to Respect for Family and Private Life) and 14 (Prohibition of Discrimination) of the European Convention on Human Rights.
If they win their case, Irish law may have to change to permit abortion in some circumstances (it is currently only available where continued gestation means a substantial risk to the health or life of the woman).
More details from the Irish Family Planning association, which supports the women’s case, can be found here.