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Abortion debate:Irish PM Enda Kenny says Won't take rushed decision
Last Updated : 17 Nov 2012 09:27:58 AM IST
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Abortion debate:Irish PM Enda Kenny says Won't take rushed decision

 

As International pressure mounted on Irish government to change Ireland's abortion laws that led to the tragic death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny insisted he will not take a rushed decision on abortion.Even Amnesty asked Ireland to ensure that its domestic policy on access to abortion is in line with international human rights law.


 

I'm not going to be rushed into the situation by force of numbers on any side. This is something which needs to be treated rationally and openly and truthfully, and that's what will happen," Kenny said.

This is a matter that has divided Irish society now for a great number of years, and I am not going to be rushed into a situation by force of numbers on any side,” Prime Minister Enda Kenny told state broadcaster RTE.

India on Friday summoned the Irish Ambassador to convey its "concern and angst" over the untimely and tragic death of an Indian dentist in Ireland after doctors allegedly refused to terminate her 17-week-long pregnancy on the ground that it was a "Catholic country"and hoped the inquiry which has been instituted by that country would be "independent".

Madhusudan Ganapathi, Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs, summoned Irish Ambassador Feilim McLaughlin.

In his response, the Ambassador assured that it was Ireland's desire to provide the fullest cooperation in the follow-up inquiries into the circumstances of Savita Halappanavar's death.  

 


The Irish government pledged on Thursday to clarify its abortion laws.

Meanwhile, a wave of protests have taken place across Ireland and  activists have launched a campaign called 'Postcard for Savita' supporting a change in the country's tough anti-abortion laws.

  Irish govt must clarify on abortion issue: Amnesty

Amnesty International has written to Irish Minister for Health James Reilly over the issue expressing its concern. It said Amnesty is concerned that the tragic case of Savita illustrates a gap in Irish law and policy on the most basic human rights level -- that is a woman's right to access abortion where her life is at risk.

 "International human rights law is clear about the right of a woman to access a safe and legal abortion where her life is at risk," said Colm O'Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International in Ireland.

 "Successive Irish governments have failed in their duty to provide the necessary clarity on how this right is protected and vindicated, leaving women in Ireland in a very vulnerable position. Government must offer this clarity without further delay," he said.

Noting this right has already been established as a Constitutional principle by the Irish Supreme Court, the body expressed concern about lack of clarity on the issue.

" Ireland has been subject to criticism from international human rights bodies for its failure to bring domestic legislation in line with international human rights principles, including a very clear ruling from the European Court of Human Rights," said Marianne Mollmann, senior policy advisor at Amnesty International Secretariat.

 Savita, a 31-year old Indian dentist after doctors refused to terminate her pregnancy even after telling her that she was miscarrying.

 The incident has reignited the debate over right to abortion in cases of risk in the Catholic country.The report of the UN's Review of Ireland's human rights record in October last year contains repeated calls from UN member states to bring Ireland's domestic law in line with international human rights obligations and at the very least regulate access to life-saving abortions.

 In 2011 the UN Committee Against Torture urged Ireland to clarify the scope of legal abortion through statutory law.


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