Northern Ireland MPs fight abortion

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 01 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:822

Members of parliament from all Northern Ireland's political parties represented at Westminster are to oppose any attempt to extend the 1967 Abortion Act to the province. This is despite a commission's recent conclusion that abortion law there is so uncertain as to be unable to withstand a challenge before the European Court of Human Rights.

The law in Northern Ireland, based on the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act and the 1945 Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Act, allows a termination after 28 weeks when there is a grave risk to the life or health of the woman or there is an abnormality of the fetus. The law is unclear on terminations …

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