Pro-life groups across Ireland have welcomed the immediate appeal of the conviction and sentence handed down by Judge Chris Holmes against pro-life leader Bernadette Smyth which they have described as a 'miscarriage of justice'.
The European Court on Human Rights to rule on the status of the human embryo In the next months, the European Court on Human Rights (ECtHR) will have to rule on the matter of the status of the human embryo in a case which bears some similarities to the RvR case in Ireland.
The Irish Supreme Court has come under scrutiny as pro-life groups consider legal challenges to the abortion bill recently signed by the President. Four of the current eight-member Court previously publicly opposed the 1983 amendment which sought to give legal protection to the unborn child.
Recently the Oireachtas joint committee on health and children sat for three days to discuss the heads of bill for the proposed abortion legislation. The final day focused on the legal aspects of the heads and had witnesses from legal and medical ethics backgrounds giving their expert opinions. These were the main findings:
The woman at the centre of the C case is to take a case against the State. The Irish Independent reports that:
"Today, Mary is a 29-year-old mother of two, but 16 years ago she was the teenage Traveller at the centre of the controversial C Case who was taken to the UK for an abortion by health board staff after being brutally raped.
Pro-life constituents have demonstrated outside Minister Simon Coveney’s office for the second time in two weeks, holding posters reading messages saying ‘Keep Your Pro-Life Promise’, ‘I Vote Pro-life’ and Love Them Both - Abortion Kills one; Hurts Another’.
Abortion campaigners launched 10 days of action for legal abortion recently to great media fanfare, with the Irish Times in particular rushing to give the proposed activities as much coverage as possible. The pro-abortion campaigners promised a packed schedule of activities, but most of those turned out to be a damp squib.
A legal expert from the School of Law at University College Cork says that the European Court ruling in the ABC case does not require Ireland to legalise abortion, and that other options are open to the government.