Prof Ruth Halperin-Kaddari on Northern Island Abortion Laws

Prof Halperin-Kaddari is currently in Geneva, working in her role as vice-chairperson of the UN CEDAW Committee. High on the committee’s agenda is the issue of abortion laws in Northern Ireland, where abortion is illegal. The Founding Head of the Rackman Center was quoted and interviewed across International media as she conducted the Inquiry in Northern Ireland on behalf of the CEDAW Committee.

“Denial of abortion and criminalisation of abortion amounts to discrimination against women because it is a denial of a service that only women need. And it puts women in horrific situations,” the committee’s vice-chairwoman, Ruth Halperin-Kaddari, said in a statement. “The situation in Northern Ireland constitutes violence against women that may amount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment,” she said.

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