Dublin, Ireland, Jun 9, 2021 / 08:00 am
Ireland’s High Court will hear a case later this month involving a couple who claim that their unborn child was aborted after they were mistakenly told that it had a fatal fetal abnormality.
The Irish Times reported June 8 that the case is scheduled to be heard for at least five days from June 22 at the court in the capital, Dublin.
The newspaper said that the couple’s lawyers applied to the court on Tuesday for a hybrid hearing, held both in-person and via video link.
The couple launched separate actions seeking damages against Merrion Fetal Health, a private clinic in Dublin, five of its medical consultants, and the National Maternity Hospital, with which the clinic is affiliated.
The Greater Glasgow Health Board in Scotland has also been named as a defendant as its lab is alleged to have performed tests related to the couple’s claims.
All the defendants deny any wrongdoing and will completely contest the case.
Irish citizens voted to repeal the country’s pro-life laws in a referendum on May 25, 2018, with 66.4% in favor and 33.6% against.
Ireland’s constitution, which previously recognized the right to life of the unborn, was amended to say that “Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancy.”