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Nov. 30, 2016, 3:19 p.m.
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THE GOVERNMENT HAS offered a woman €30,000 in compensation because she was forced to travel abroad to have an abortion.Amanda Mellet was 21 weeks pregnant in 2011 when she was told her foetus had congenital defects meaning it would die in the womb or shortly after birth.Mellet chose to travel to the UK to have a termination, staying there for only 12 hours because that was all she could afford.In June, the UN’s Human Rights Commission ruled that Ireland had subjected Mellet to “discrimination and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” because of its laws against abortion.It found that the State was obliged to provide compensation to Mellet, who has spoken previously about the “heartbreaking” loss she felt losing the child she named Aoife.Video (;=)
Source: SineadOCarrollTJ/YouTubeMinister for Health Simon Harris met with Mellet and her husband yesterday evening to outline Ireland’s response to the UN ruling.Harris has confirmed today that the State has offered her “an ex gratia sum of €30,000″.An ex gratia payment describes a payment made that is not legally obligated.Harris also said that he will direct the HSE to ensure that Mellet has access to “all appropriate psychological services.”The UN had also told Ireland it was obliged to provide Mellet with psychological treatment.More to follow.