William Saunders of AUL wrote an article in Human Life Review‘s Summer 2010 issue that is an in-depth analysis of ABC v. Ireland. A ruling in the case is expected within the next day, so we are revisiting that article now. Saunders was legal consult to pro-life intervenors in the case. The Joint Written Observations of Third Party Interveners can be found here.
Though ABC v. Ireland is simply one case, in one country, involving only
three plaintiffs, it nevertheless has far-reaching implications, both for Ireland
and for the greater international community. Supra-national governing
bodies are a product of a 20th-century desire for international cooperation.
These institutions, such as the U.N. and the European Union, are meant to
prevent a small but powerful tyranny from trampling upon inviolable human
rights. ABC v. Ireland could represent a departure from this model by allowing
a small number of pro-abortion activists to define what customary international
law is on the issue of abortion.