Three Irish women are appealing to the European Human Rights Court to have the right to an abortion in their native land of Ireland. Although Ireland in 1992 granted the right to an abortion if the life of the mother was threatened, the plaintiffs argue most doctors are afraid to draw upon that law because they still could be subjected to fine or imprisonment. In effect, they argue the law has turned out to be a bogus document which is not enforced. The women, A, B, and C say they have a right to an abortion, particularly in cases where the life of the mother is threatened if she goes through with child birth.
The Irish government argues that abortion violates their moral and religious values and that nations have the right to pursue individual historical laws that are part of the national culture. The issue raises interesting issues as to whether or not a nation whichu belongs to an international body and is bound to accept laws of the group has a right to break away on certain issues. The bottom line is if a nation can avoid following abortion rights do Muslims in a European nation have a right to adhere to sharia laws?