INCLO members, including the ICCL, convened a public meeting in Dublin on 8 November 2017 entitled ‘Abortion Laws and Human Rights – Global Experiences’. Along with other international reproductive rights experts, INCLO members discussed how restrictive laws, policies and practices regarding abortion affect the human rights of pregnant people and shared strategies on how to bring about change. Below are some highlights from the day.
Keynote Address by Professor Frances Raday: Women’s Autonomy, Equality and Reproductive Health in International Human Rights – Between Recognition, Backlash and Regressive Trends
Overview of Irish law on abortion with Professor Fiona de Londras
Advocacy in Restrictive Abortion Regimes – Experience of Effecting Change in Countries where Abortion is Illegal or Unavailable. Panel discussion with Sneha Mukherjee, from the Human Rights Law Network (India), Lucia de la Vega from the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (Argentina) and Seham Osman, Egyptian human rights defender. Moderated by Erin Kilbride of Front Line Defenders.
Liberal Abortion Regimes – Different Models and Options after Reform. Panel discussion with Claire Johnson from Liberty (UK), Bongiwe Gumede, below, of the Legal Resources Centre (South Africa) and Nina Chaparro of Dejusticia (Colombia). Moderated by Senator Ivana Bacik. (video begins at 00:13)
The Global Context for Abortion Rights in 2017. Panel discussion with Louise Mellijng from the American Civil Liberties Union (USA), Sinéad Kennedy of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth (Ireland), Les Allamby of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and Frances Raday. Moderated by Natalie McDonnell.
The ICCL recently published its position paper on the 8th Amendement