Asylum seeker refused abortion sues the State

Original story by Ann O’Loughlin20 March 2016 Y was an asylum seeker in Ireland who, after arriving in the country in 2014, found she was pregnant, as a result of rape. She was refused an abortion and was offered a caesarean section in the late second trimester of pregnancy as the only alternative to carrying the pregnancy to term. She has now launched a civil action against Ireland for damages.The case went before the High Court on 19 March. The judge prohibited the publication or broadcast of any matter relating to the proceedings which would or would be likely to identify her, in response to her application for anonymity.Her action against the State includes a claim for alleged trespass, assault and battery; alleged negligence; and the alleged reckless and intentional infliction of emotional harm and suffering. It also includes a claim for alleged breach of duty, alleged false imprisonment and alleged unlawful deprivation of liberty. She also claims there was alleged unjustified intentional negligent infringement of and wrongful interference with or failure to vindicate her constitutional rights and her rights under the European Convention of Human Rights.We wish her well to win this case on every last count, including to expose the abuse of caesarean section as a false alternative to abortion. [Editor]