Category Archives: Eighth Amendment

Squaring Circles: Recent Case Law on Medical Decision-Making and the Unborn

Dr Conor O’Mahony On November 2, the High Court ruled in Health Services Executive v B that a woman could not be forced by court order to undergo a caesarean section in circumstances where her previous medical history posed an … Continue reading

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Repealing the Eighth Amendment: As Simple as it Sounds?

Dr Conor O’Mahony 2014 saw palpable growth in support for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which guarantees the right to life of the unborn. While there has long been a call to this effect from … Continue reading

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High Court Ruling Inevitable in light of Medical Evidence, but Questions Remain for Future Cases

Dr Conor O’Mahony This morning, the High Court ruled that a clinically dead pregnant woman could have her life support switched off and be allowed to die a natural death, notwithstanding the constitutional right to life of her unborn child. The … Continue reading

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Does a Pregnant Woman Have a Right to Die a Natural Death in Ireland?

Dr Conor O’Mahony Last night, reports emerged of a clinically dead pregnant woman (in her second trimester) being kept alive in an Irish hospital, against the wishes of her parents, to preserve the life of the unborn child. It has … Continue reading

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A Separate Process for Suicide within the Scheme of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013

 We are delighted to welcome this guest post on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill from Dr Claire Murray of the Faculty of Law, UCC.   After considerable speculation, a number of delays, and a few leaks the draft … Continue reading

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