Universal Periodic Review

SWAI was happy to work and contribute with Abortion Rights Ireland and the Sexual Rights Initiative
on the new Universal Periodic Review for 2016.

In 2015 the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) recommended that Ireland “take all necessary steps, including a referendum on abortion, to revise legislation on abortion, including the Constitution and the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, in line with international human rights standards.”
Over the years we have seem the tragic outcomes of Ireland’s abortion laws, from the death of Savita Halappanavar in 2012 to the countless women who travel daily to the UK and other places to get safe terminations.

Currently however as a general election looms we may finally see some action on this issue.
There has been increased support for changes in our law to allow women in Ireland to access safe abortions. Various parties, groups and campaigners including Amnesty Ireland have joined together calling for change and supporting the rights women and girls.
SWAI is delighted to lend our voices to this cause and together call for fairer abortion laws Ireland. Starting with repealing the 8th amendment.

You can read the report here