Supreme Court dismisses appeal over Northern Ireland abortion law

Theresa May’s intervention will encourage other MPs to follow suit

Theresa May’s intervention will encourage other MPs to follow suit Getty Images

"Abortion in cases where there is a fatal fetal abnormality or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest is available throughout the vast majority of countries in Europe", Supreme Court Justice Brian Kerr said in his written judgment in support of the court's conclusions.

Human rights campaigners have lost a Supreme Court appeal over the legality of Northern Ireland's abortion law.

"Although the court considered that it was unable to issue a declaration of incompatibility, it has clearly recognized the harm that the near-total prohibition on abortion is causing women and girls", Ms. Hoctor said.

During the three-day appeal hearing, a QC representing the commission argued that human rights were being breached, with those affected being forced to go through "physical and mental torture".

"All eyes are now on the United Kingdom government. Theresa May can no longer sit back and do nothing whilst countless women continue to suffer on her watch", Grainne Teggart, Amnesty International's Northern Ireland campaigner said.

With the cabinet reaching either a breaking point or a decision on a Brexit backstop, - it's not clear yet which- the Northern Ireland border is likely to take priority just now over Northern Ireland abortion in the fevered brains of ministers.

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Northern Ireland Secretary of State Karen Bradley told the Commons, the U.K.'s directly-elected lower house, the issue "should be decided by the people of Northern Ireland".

"I would like to pay tribute to the women who intervened in this case and gave their personal testimonies on the appalling impact of abortion law in Northern Ireland".

Precious Life is urging pro-lifers in Northern Ireland to contact their MPs and impress upon them that this issue should not be decided in the London-based parliament but rather, by Northern Ireland's Stormont Assembly.

British-ruled Northern Ireland is left as the only part of Britain or Ireland with such a restrictive regime, after voters in the Irish republic backed the removal of a ban in a landslide vote last month that sparked calls for change in the North.

Northen Ireland's abortion laws violates human rights, according to UK Supreme Court. The Northern Irish law pertaining to abortion is now the strictest in the United Kingdom and permits abortion only when there is real and substantial risk of loss of the woman's life, including from a risk of suicide, that can only be averted by carrying out an abortion.

One group of activists drove around Northern Ireland distributing abortion pills.

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