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Fight for abortion rights moves to Northern Ireland

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2379 (Published 30 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2379
  1. Alison Shepherd
  1. The BMJ
Niall Carson/PA

As Irish crowds filled public spaces, such as Dublin Castle (pictured), to celebrate the referendum result last weekend to repeal the eighth amendment that will lead to the decriminalisation of abortion, the spotlight fell on their Northern Irish neighbours, still living under the harshest termination laws in Europe.

The UK’s 1967 Abortion Act does not apply to Northern Ireland, and abortions there remain illegal in …

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