The UN has ruled against Ireland's abortion laws for the second time in just over a year. Its Human Rights Committee has found in favour of an Irish woman who was denied a termination in 2010.
It was ruled Siobhan Whelan was subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment after learning of a fatal foetal abnormality during her pregnancy. She traveled to the UK for the procedure after she was denied it here.
It follows a separate but similar case in June of last year when another Irish woman's rights were violated by having to travel for the abortion.
Amanda Mellett was 21 weeks pregnant in 2011 when she was told her baby would not survive outside the womb.
She spent 12 hours in the UK because she couldn't afford to stay overnight.
Leah Hocter from the European Centre for Reproductive Rights says today's ruling means state "is obliged under international law to guarantee non-repitition of the violations (Ms Whelan) endured."
"What this means is that Ireland must take effective measures to ensure other women do not have to face similar violations in the future. As a result the committee has outlined that Ireland is obliged to undertake law reform to change its laws on abortion."
The government has been given 6 months to respond to the ruling - though the committee can't impose any actual sanctions.