Ireland: Justice Redressed

Justice Redressed

The plight of a pregnant 14-year-old, allegedly molested and raped by her best friend's father, stirred an international furor when Irish authorities forbade her to seek an abortion abroad. Last week the Irish Supreme Court overturned a High Court ruling that had prevented her from traveling to Britain to escape Ireland's near absolute prohibition on abortion. The girl's circumstance -- and her reported threat to kill herself if forced to bear the child -- had pitched Prime Minister Albert Reynolds headlong into a no-win political crisis within a week of taking office. He therefore greeted last week's ruling with relief, saying...