UK Supreme Court says it can not rule on Northern Ireland’s abortion law

UK Supreme Court says it can not rule on Northern Ireland’s abortion law

UK Supreme Court says it can not rule on Northern Ireland’s abortion law

In 2015, the High Court ruled that abortion legislation in Northern Ireland did violate human rights under European Union law.

The Supreme Court will rule today on whether or not Northern Ireland's abortion law amounts to a violation of human rights.

He said the law in Northern Ireland had been shown to reduce the number of abortions in the jurisdiction, and said: "For that reason I am very thoughtful about any change in the law in Northern Ireland".

"I would have concluded without real hesitation. that the current state of Northern Ireland is incompatible with Article 8 of the Convention, insofar as it prohibits abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape and incest, but not insofar as it prohibits abortion in cases of serious foetal abnormality", said judge Jonathan Mance.

Abortion is unlawful in all but the most extreme cases.

May has said that the abortion issue should be decided by Northern Ireland's devolved government.

Sinn Fein vice president Michelle O'Neill welcomed the Westminster debate, describing it as a "first step" on the road to abortion reform in Northern Ireland.

Women in Northern Ireland are legally able to seek an abortion only if their lives are in danger or they are at risk of serious long-term physical or mental harm.

This surely means the UK Government must now act to change the law.

"Until such times as the legal framework caters for what are very basic human rights, our client, Sarah Ewart, has made it clear that she will continue to take the case to the highest level to ensure that no woman has to go through the traumatic experience in which she was so forced".

The ruling on a technicality will come as a relief for U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, who previously said that the province should decide its own abortion policy.

"Watching MPs saying how sad they feel about situation in Northern Ireland but shrugging their duties to act to protect human rights set out in Good Friday agreement makes you wonder if they have even read it and responsibilities it gives United Kingdom parliament". Members from throughout the House - including government ministers - stood to back Labour MP Stella Creasy's call for a debate.

Anyone who unlawfully carries out an abortion could be jailed for life. "What we need is compassion and services in Northern Ireland".

The issue is further clouded by the collapse of the Northern Ireland Assembly, a power-sharing regional government set up by the 1998 Good Friday accord. Amnesty is calling for the repeal of sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, which would decriminalise abortion and enable a Human Right compliant healthcare framework to be put in place.

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