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Northern Ireland minister promises guidance on abortion

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1420 (Published 04 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1420
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A High Court challenge on abortion rights in Northern Ireland has been halted after the province’s Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety promised to put draft guidance before the province’s ministerial executive by 7 March.

The Family Planning Association launched the case at the High Court in Belfast to try to force ministers to produce guidance for doctors and women on terminations in Northern Ireland. The association, which has been campaigning for over a decade for guidance, argued that the health department was acting unlawfully in failing to produce it. …

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