Attorney General v X

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Attorney General v X, [1992] IESC 1; [1992] 1 IR 1, (more commonly known as the "X Case") was a landmark Irish Supreme Court case which established the right of Irish women to an abortion if a pregnant woman's life was at risk because of pregnancy, including the risk of suicide.

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Attorney General v X
CourtSupreme Court of Ireland
Full case nameThe Attorney General v. X. and Others
Decided5 March 1992
Citation(s)Attorney General v X [1992] IESC 1, [1992] 1 IR 1
Case history
Appealed fromAttorney General v X (High Court) 17 February 1992
Court membership
Judges sittingFinlay CJ, McCarthy J, O'Flatherty J, Egan J, Hederman J
Case opinions
Under Article 40.3.3° of the Constitution, termination of pregnancy is only permissible where there is a "real and substantial risk to the life of the mother", including a real and substantial risk of suicide. To require there to be a risk of immediate or inevitable death would not adequately vindicate the right to life of the mother.
Decision byFinlay CJ
ConcurrenceMcCarthy J, O'Flaherty J, Egan J
DissentHederman J