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Northern Ireland Ruling Exposes Harms of Abortion Laws

By November 30, 2015News

Ireland's leading provider of pregnancy counselling services, the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) has welcomed the Belfast High Court’s judgment that Northern Ireland’s abortion law breaches women’s human rights.

Chief Executive of the IFPA, Niall Behan said: “The government policy both North and South of Ireland of forcing women to rely on the healthcare systems of other jurisdictions to provide abortion services seriously harms women’s health. This judgment, one of an ever growing list, exposes these harms. The IFPA applauds the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission for initiating the case but regrets that women must turn to the courts to vindicate their reproductive rights.”