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Northern Ireland’s abortion law breaches human rights, court rules

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6482 (Published 30 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6482
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

The virtual ban on abortion in Northern Ireland is a breach of the European Convention on Human Rights, a High Court judge has declared in a historic ruling.

Mr Justice Horner ruled that the law violated the convention in denying abortions in cases where the fetus had a fatal abnormality or where the woman or girl was pregnant as a result of rape or incest.

The ruling at the High Court in Belfast came after years …

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