This commentary is a response to Katarzyna Sękowska-Kozłowska’s article on the treatment of criminal abortion laws as a form of sex discrimination under international human rights law through a study of the communications, Mellet v. Ireland and Whelan v. Ireland. The commentary offers a reading of these communications, and specifically the sex discrimination analysis premised on inequalities of treatment among women, as an engagement with the structural discrimination that characterises abortion laws, and as a radical vision for gender justice under international human rights law.
Why does #RepealedThe8th matter for feminist legal studies? The answers seem obvious in one sense. Feminism has long constituted itself through the struggle for sexual and reproductive justice, and Irish feminism has contributed a significant ‘legal win’ with the landslide vote of approval for lifting abortion restrictions in the referendum on the 25th May 2018.
Celebrations are planned in several parts of Ireland, in London and probably elsewhere too. We hope to share photos and reports next week. Meanwhile, two women’s groups talk about how they see the picture one year on: Why Ireland still needs ARC and why ARC still needs you! by Abortion Rights Campaign We achieved the incredible when we repealed the 8th last May, but the fight for free, safe, legal and local abortion across Ireland … Continued
“In June 2019, the Google Ads healthcare and medicines policy for abortion will be updated with the following requirements for advertisers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland: Advertisers who want to run ads using keywords related to getting an abortion will first need to be certified as an advertiser that either provides abortions or does not provide abortions. To get certified, advertisers must submit an application where they self-declare as an organization that … Continued
Cork-based GP and co-founder of Doctors for Choice Ireland, Dr Mary Favier describes how she campaigned for many years to remove the 8th Amendment as it was harmful to Irish women’s health. Dr Favier takes us on a moving journey from Ireland’s past, present and future showcasing the devastating struggles Irish women have faced in relation to abortions in Ireland in the past and the hope which we live in now as a result of the successful repeal of the 8th amendment. She is a specialist in family medicine and is in practice in Cork. She is a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. She is a guest teacher on the University College Cork post-graduate general practitioner training scheme. She has been Chair of Education in the ICGP and is currently president-elect of the ICGP. She advocated improving clinical care by introducing early medical abortion provision in primary care settings in Ireland.