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Mother wins right to challenge prosecution for buying abortion pills in Northern Ireland

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j527 (Published 01 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j527
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A mother who faces criminal charges in Northern Ireland for procuring abortion pills over the internet for her 15 year old daughter has won permission from the High Court to challenge the prosecution as a breach of human rights.

In a case that will focus renewed attention on Northern Ireland’s draconian abortion laws, Lord Justice Weatherup and Mrs Justice Keegan gave permission to apply for a judicial review of the decision to prosecute. The judges said that the case raised “issues of considerable public …

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