European Court Holds Abortion is Not a Right
EUROPEAN ABORTION PROPONENTS REACH DEAD END IN THEIR ATTEMPT TO MAKE ABORTION A HUMAN RIGHT
WASHINGTON, D.C. (12-16-10) – Abortion proponents’ efforts to make abortion a “right” in Europe were thwarted today when the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights held that the European Convention on Human Rights contains no “right” to abortion. The Court rightly found that matters relating to abortion should be left to the member states’ own domestic laws.
The Court dismissed two of the plaintiffs’ health-based claims in A, B, C v. Ireland because it found no right had been violated under the Convention. In the remaining woman’s situation, the Court stated that Ireland needs to take steps to better comply with its own domestic laws.
“The Court’s ruling that abortion is not a right under the Convention is a victory for those who value the sanctity of all innocent human life,” AUL Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel William Saunders stated. Saunders, who was also a consultant in the case, noted further: “The Convention was designed to protect against injustice. The Court correctly held that the Convention cannot be used to deny a member state’s right to legally protect its smallest and most vulnerable members.”
Because the case was decided in the Grand Chamber of the ECHR, the judgment is binding on all lower chambers and member states.