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Supreme Court rejects Northern Irish woman’s appeal for NHS abortion in England

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2915 (Published 14 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2915
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

Women from Northern Ireland, where abortion laws are among the most restrictive in Europe, are not entitled to free terminations on the NHS in England, the UK’s highest court has ruled.

The Supreme Court narrowly rejected an appeal by a resident of Northern Ireland who became pregnant at age 15 and obtained a private abortion in England at a total cost of around £900 (€1020; $1150).

The High Court originally ruled against her in 2014,1 as did the Court of Appeal in 2015, and she has now narrowly …

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