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Written submission from Dr Claire Lougarre (ANI0024) [Abortion law in Northern Ireland inquiry]

Written submission from Dr Claire Lougarre (ANI0024) [Abortion law in Northern Ireland inquiry]
Written submission from Dr Claire Lougarre (ANI0024) [Abortion law in Northern Ireland inquiry]
In this submission, I will first outline the obligations of the UK under international human rights law with regard to women’s access to abortion, as set in the United Nations and in the Council of Europe. I will then highlight how the UK should act with regard to its abortion law in Northern Ireland, in order to reconcile its current legislation, including its devolution settlement, with its international obligations.

This submission concludes that the UK is bound to various human rights treaties, all of which are progressively interpreted as obliging states to provide access to abortion services – especially when a pregnancy jeopardises the woman’s life and health, when it results from rape, and in instances of serious foetal abnormality. As a result, the UK should reform Northern Ireland abortion law in order to fulfil its international obligations.
Abortion, Law, Human Rights, Northern Ireland, Parliament, Call for evidence
UK Parliament
Lougarre, Claire
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Lougarre, Claire
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Lougarre, Claire (2019) Written submission from Dr Claire Lougarre (ANI0024) [Abortion law in Northern Ireland inquiry].

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In this submission, I will first outline the obligations of the UK under international human rights law with regard to women’s access to abortion, as set in the United Nations and in the Council of Europe. I will then highlight how the UK should act with regard to its abortion law in Northern Ireland, in order to reconcile its current legislation, including its devolution settlement, with its international obligations.

This submission concludes that the UK is bound to various human rights treaties, all of which are progressively interpreted as obliging states to provide access to abortion services – especially when a pregnancy jeopardises the woman’s life and health, when it results from rape, and in instances of serious foetal abnormality. As a result, the UK should reform Northern Ireland abortion law in order to fulfil its international obligations.

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Published date: 9 January 2019
Keywords: Abortion, Law, Human Rights, Northern Ireland, Parliament, Call for evidence

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Local EPrints ID: 427509
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/427509
PURE UUID: 5e7efa84-c775-4ffe-a7b5-148c92751395

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Date deposited: 22 Jan 2019 17:30
Last modified: 22 Jan 2019 17:30

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