The Working Group highlights the health and safety situation of women who experience discrimination on multiple and intersectional grounds. They call on States to discontinue the use of criminal law to punish woman for ending a pregnancy and provide women and girls with medical treatment for miscarriage and complications of unsafe termination of pregnancy.
Following a review in April 2016, the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) called on the Philippines government to repeal the absolute ban on abortion in the Philippines, provide access to sexual and reproductive health services, including universal access to modern contraception, and address misinformation on contraception, particularly in Manila.
Ireland has been reviewed under the UPR in 2011 and 2016. For the 2016 review, the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) made a submission to the UPR Working Group, highlighting the impact of Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws on women’s health, and contributed to the second Civil Society UPR Stakeholder Report, launched in December 2015. In March 2016, they delivered a statement on Ireland’s abortion laws to Permanent Representatives to the UN in Geneva.
The Committee notes a steady decrease in teenage pregnancies in the UK during the period of review, but identifies areas of concern.
A woman in Ireland who was forced to choose between carrying her fetus to term, knowing it would not survive, or seeking an abortion abroad, was subjected to discrimination and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment as a result of Ireland’s legal prohibition of abortion, UN experts have found.