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High Court in Northern Ireland Rules Abortion Law Illegal

Last edited 30th November 2015

High Court in Northern Ireland Rules Abortion Law Illegal

The High Court in Belfast has ruled that Northern Ireland’s abortion legislation is in breach of human rights laws. In a landmark ruling the court has declared that abortion should be available in the case of foetal abnormality and rape - hence liberalising abortion law in the province.

The 1967 Abortion Act does not currently apply in the province, where abortion is only permitted where the mother’s life is in danger. Visit this article to read more.


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