Proving once again that "pro-life" is a total misnomer, the UN Human Rights Committee has harshly criticized both Ireland and Chile for their ridiculously draconian abortion laws, warning that the restrictions may be a violation of international human rights treaties.
In January, Ireland legalized abortion in extremely, extremely limited circumstances. The current law lays out dangerously vague and byzantine guidelines for when abortion is okay: if a woman's life is in danger, but, depending on the case, one to three doctors must agree that the "risk to life" is substantial — leaving women vulnerable to biased doctors and essentially barring access for low-income women who can't afford to see the necessary specialists. There is no exception for cases of rape or incest, nor for fetuses with severe deformities. In Chile, abortion is illegal without exception.