Northern Ireland’s abortion law breaches human rights, court rulesBMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6482 (Published 30 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6482
- Clare Dyer
- 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 …