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Republic shown up on abortion

As the issue of abortion will likely to be added to the agenda after the judgment from the European Court of Human Rights in the case of ABC v Ireland, there are two points to be clarified.

Firstly, the European Court of Human Rights is not an EU court, but one of the Council of Europe, which is separate from the EU system and does not have the same legal impact. Secondly, this ruling does not change abortion law in the Republic of Ireland one bit. It says the Republic needs legislation in order to clarify Article 40.3.3 of its constitution on what exactly constitutes a threat to mothers' lives.

No referendum is required, rather it is clarifying what it has already decided. Unfortunately once again, Ireland is shown to be lacking in its domestic legislation.

ANDREA PAPPIN

Executive director,

European Movement Ireland

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