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Published on Dec 19, 2010
Pro-life campaigners demonstrated yesterday outside the Irish Family Planning Association clinic in Dublin. They were also lobbying the government not to give into pressure from the Strasbourg court - which is not an EU body, but whose rulings are in general followed by the EU court of justice. The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Ireland has failed to properly implement the constitutional right to abortion where a woman is entitled to one where her life is at risk. The ruling will put the issue of abortion back on the political agenda and is likely to force the Government to introduce legislation or official guidelines on access to abortion for women whose lives are at risk. In a statement the Government said it "will examine the judgement carefully and consider what steps are required to implement the judgment".