ICCPR concluding observations 2015, paragraph 17
Plain English recommendation
Urgently amend abortion laws in Northern Ireland. Extend exceptions to the abortion ban to include cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality. Ensure widespread access to information on abortion, contraception, sexual and reproductive health.
Original UN recommendation
The State party should, as a matter of priority, amend its legislation on abortion in Northern Ireland with a view to providing for additional exceptions to the legal ban on abortion, including in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality. The State party should also ensure access to information on abortion, contraception and sexual and reproductive health options.
Date of UN examination
UN article number
3 (equal rights of men and women), 6 (right to life), 7 (freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment), 17 (freedom from arbitrary or unlawful interference)