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European Court Gets Abortion Challenge

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STRASBOURG, France, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A woman from France who was mistakenly given an abortion is asking the European Court of Human Rights to classify the event a homicide.

The case dates back to 1991 when a woman of Vietnamese origin living in France went to a Lyons hospital for a pre-natal check-up. Another Vietnamese woman with the same family name was there at the time to have a contraceptive coil removed.

A doctor confused the two women, and an emergency abortion on the six-month pregnant woman was required, the Times of London reported.

The woman denounced the French authorities' "refusal to classify as involuntary homicide the attack on the life of the unborn child she was carrying," and took the case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Her lawyer will argue in court that Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees the right to life, applies to a fetus.

Read the entire article on the interest!ALERT website.

Posted: 11-Dec-03



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