Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal Over Legality Of Abortion Law In NI

Theresa May has been urged to support liberalisation of Northern Ireland's laws

Theresa May has been urged to support liberalisation of Northern Ireland's laws

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn earlier hit out at the DUP after it insisted Westminster should not meddle with Northern Ireland's strict abortion regime, insisting the UK Parliament has a responsibility to respect human rights standards.

The justices went on to say, however, that a majority finds Northern Ireland's abortion prohibitions "disproportionate" and that they violate European human rights laws.

The Northern Ireland Assembly voted in February 2016 against legalising abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and rape or incest.

Four out of seven Supreme Court justices who considered the issue found that the socially conservative British province's current law, which bans abortion except when a mother's life is at risk, was incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

Pro-choice groups may have lost this particular battle but they are "winning the war", said Liberty, the human rights organisation, after Thursday's supreme court judgment.

The 1967 Abortion Act has never applied in Northern Ireland.

"It's my strong, personal, view that it is completely unsustainable for us to have a different law from the south on abortion".

Unlike in mainland Britain, abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland, carrying a potential life sentence, except when a woman's life is at risk or there is a permanent or serious danger to her mental or physical health.

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Karen Bradley has said she personally backs abortion reform - but the Northern Ireland Assembly must be restored to consider the issue to avoid disenfranchising 1.8 million people.

"All eyes are now on the UK Government", Teggart added.

What is the law on abortion in Northern Ireland?

Many Conservative lawmakers say that the law in Northern Ireland should be brought into line with the rest of the United Kingdom, but DUP leader Arlene Foster is committed to maintaining the province's strict abortion laws.

Rebecca Schiller, Chief Executive of Birthrights, the UK's only organisation human rights during pregnancy and childbirth said: "These last weeks have made it clear that we can no longer ignore the continued suffering and violation of Northern Irish women's human rights. These are sentient human beings who have every right to life, who have every right to be protected".

"Abortion has been a devolved matter in Northern Ireland since it was created in 1921, and it would not be appropriate for Westminster to seek to impose its will, or to be the arbiter of an issue that has always been devolved to the people of Northern Ireland".

An emergency debate on the issue of abortion in Northern Ireland was held in the House of Commons on Tuesday. Amnesty is calling for the repeal of sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, which would decriminalise abortion and enable a Human Right compliant healthcare framework to be put in place. "What we need is compassion and services in Northern Ireland".

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