Ireland’s constitution prohibits abortion. Three women who wanted abortions are challenging it. Roger Kiska of the Alliance Defense Fund was there on behalf of the Family Research Council to defend legal protections for pre-born children in a case that the ADF believes is pivotal for the European continent.
“Two of [the women] had claimed that they had illnesses that required them to receive an abortion, because the pregnancy was a threat to their health,” Kiska explains. “The third [woman] had said that she did not have the financial resources to obtain an abortion abroad, but none of the three women provided even a single document of evidence supporting any of their claims. They never saw one doctor, for example, to substantiate their claims.”
He agrees that the case, which has been dubbed the “Roe v. Wade case of Europe,” is an effort on the part of the European Union and United Nations to force abortion on member countries.
“Unfortunately, as weak as this case is, we still don’t have a judgment,” says the attorney. “And they can still carve out a right to abortion from one that didn’t exist that would mandate abortion in all of Europe, including Poland, Malta, and Ireland, where it’s currently illegal. So it’s a very dangerous case.”
Kiska says it will be several months before the court renders a decision on the merits of the claims. The case (A, B, and C v. Ireland) will be decided in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. That decision will be binding on all lower chambers and on EU member states.