U.K. Top Court Criticizes Strict Northern Irish Abortion Law

Don’t ask Northern Irish women to beg for their human rights with an abortion referendum

Human rights campaigners have lost a court appeal over the legality of Northern Ireland's strict abortion law.

"The Supreme Court has dismissed the case brought by the Human Rights Commission".

Four of the seven justices said the law violated European conventions by not allowing abortion in cases of rape and incest.

Therefore, the court can not deliver a ruling on the issue.

With the cabinet reaching either a breaking point or a decision on a Brexit backstop, - it's not clear yet which- the Northern Ireland border is likely to take priority just now over Northern Ireland abortion in the fevered brains of ministers.

The appeal judges said the law in Northern Ireland should be left to the Stormont Assembly and not judges, saying the complex moral and religious questions behind the issue should be determined by a legislature rather than a court.

Leah Hoctor, regional director for Europe at the Center for Reproductive Rights in Geneva, which made a submission in the case, said the Supreme Court judgment was "an indictment" of Northern Ireland's restrictive law. They want MPs to attend the debate and stress that the democratic process in Northern Ireland be respected.

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The debate on Northern Ireland's restrictions on abortion has intensified after citizens in the Irish Republic voted by a landslide last month to liberalise the state's laws.

A termination is now only permitted if there is a serious risk to a woman's life or her health.

She added, "That is why the government, like its predecessors, believes that the best forum to debate and resolve these and many other matters is a locally elected Northern Ireland assembly, so the government's priority remains to urgently re-establish strong, inclusive, devolved government at the earliest opportunity".

"All eyes are now on those respective bodies to ensure that immediate action is taken to bring this vacuum of human rights protection to an immediate end".

"Labour's position has always been that abortion rights should be extended, without fear or favour, across the whole of the United Kingdom". Theresa May can no longer sit back and do nothing whilst countless women continue to suffer on her watch. But though some British lawmakers have floated the idea of changing the abortion law directly from London, Prime Minister Theresa May is unlikely to push for such a change.

Abortion laws were relaxed in the rest of the U.K in 1967, but that legislation was never applied in Northern Ireland, which had its own parliament between the partition of Ireland in 1921 and the imposition of direct rule from London 50 years later.

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