Abortion battle

Belfast high court to start judicial review over North Ireland abortion laws

Bernadette Smyth, Director of the Precious Life organisation, poses for a photograph in her office with a life size replica of a foetus at twenty weeks, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton


In the wake of growing pressure from Amnesty International and other groups to relax stringent abortion laws in North Ireland, a high court judicial review on the matter begins on Monday. Unlike in the rest of Britain, women seeking abortions in Northern Ireland may only have the procedure legally if there is a direct threat to the woman’s life. The review is being described by some there as a last resort. So if you have been raped or your fetus is suffering from a fatal abnormality, you are out of luck.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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