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Health, Human Rights, Women's Rights

Archbishop needs to take his head out of his palace

TFMR Ireland are dismayed by the callous and hurtful comments of the Catholic Primate which are devoid of the compassion and support needed by women and their families in crisis.


We in TFMR (Terminations For Medical Reasons) Ireland were dismayed by the callous and hurtful comments of Archbishop Eamon Martin today [01st October 2016].  The Catholic Primate of all Ireland said that “the argument of what’s termed fatal foetal abnormality was no more morally relevant than when considering an adult with a life limiting condition.”  This is not the first time that Dr Martin has deliberately conflated Fatal Foetal Anomalies with disabilities or life-limiting conditions.  It is a fact that babies die as a result of foetal abnormalities.  This death may occur during the pregnancy, during delivery or shortly thereafter.  There is no intervention or treatment available which can alter this outcome.  It is also a fact that denying the choice of a termination of pregnancy in these circumstances is a breach of human rights and is cruel, inhuman and degrading as determined by the United Nations Human Rights Committee in the case of Mellet v Ireland earlier this year.
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Dáil Debates, Health, Human Rights, Justice

Dáil Issues, Dáil Work, Health, Oral Questions

Critical issues which the State must address in relation to the findings in the UN Human Rights Committee that a woman who was forced to either carry on with her pregnancy or travel for a termination in a case of a fatal foetal abnormality had her human rights violated, and the chilling effect on her medical team regarding the limits on their ability to give her information.


DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister of State at the Department of Health (Marcella Corcoran Kennedy T.D.)
by Deputy Clare Daly
for ORAL ANSWER on 12/07/2016

To ask the Minister for Health to amend the terms of the Treatment Abroad Scheme to include medical treatment in relation to termination of pregnancy, reasonable travel, accommodation and subsistence for the woman and a travel companion, particularly as the State’s forcing of a woman to rely on their own financial resources entirely outside the public healthcare system in a case (details supplied) constituted discrimination and a violation of human rights.

Clare Daly T.D.

Details Supplied: (Mellett v. Ireland)

Entitlement to travel for the purpose of receiving medical treatment in an EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland is provided for by EC Regulation 883/2004, which has as its objective the coordination of national social security systems within the EU/EEA and Switzerland. One of the conditions set out in this Regulation is that authorisation for treatment in another Member State will be allowed ” where the treatment in question is among the benefits provided for by the legislation in the Member State where the person concerned resides…”
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Dáil Debates, Health, Human Rights