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NHS in England has no obligation to provide free abortions to women from Northern Ireland, judge rules

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 09 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3211
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The health secretary for England, Jeremy Hunt, did not act unlawfully in failing to provide for women from Northern Ireland to have free abortions on the NHS in England, a High Court judge has ruled.

A teenager from the province, named only as A, and her mother argued that Hunt’s failure to allow free abortions was perverse and discriminated against Northern Ireland women in exercising their human rights.

The girl was aged 15 in October 2012 when …

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