The NHS Abortion Hurdle Race Continues

Professor Marie Fox and Dr Sheelagh McGuinness

“The Abortion Act 1967 does not extend to NI where abortion is still primarily regulated by an 1861 statute. This has been interpreted to permit abortions only in cases where continuance of pregnancy threatens the life of the pregnant woman or poses a ‘real and serious’ risk of ‘permanent or long-term’ harm to her physical or mental health. Last week the High Court affirmed the position that Northern Irish women are not entitled to NHS-funded abortion care in England.”

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