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UK News Northern Ireland abortion law breaches UK human rights commitments, High Court rules

13:55  03 october  2019
13:55  03 october  2019 Source:   belfastlive.co.uk

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Northern Ireland ’s strict abortion law breaches the UK ’s human rights commitments , the high court in Belfast has ruled . The case was brought by Sarah Ewart, 29, who was refused a termination in 2013. Instead, she travelled to a London clinic to end her pregnancy after doctors said her unborn

A court has ruled that the abortion legislation in Northern Ireland is in breach of human rights . The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) brought Delivering the landmark legal ruling on Monday at Belfast High Court , Judge Mr Justice Mark said: "In the circumstances, given this issue

a group of people sitting on a bench: Sarah Ewart [2nd left] outside the High Court on Thursday © Phoenix Law Sarah Ewart [2nd left] outside the High Court on Thursday

Northern Ireland's strict abortion law breaches the UK's human rights commitments, the High Court in Belfast ruled today.

Mrs Justice Siobhan Keegan said Sarah Ewart, who took the case, was a victim adding that "Her personal testimony is compelling".

The judge said she would follow a previous Supreme Court ruling on the issue.

She added: "The decision on the substantive capabilities issue was intended to have persuasive effect."

The judge followed the ruling of the Supreme Court that abortion law in Northern Ireland was incompatible with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Northern Ireland ’s highest court is to rule on whether the region’s restrictive abortion laws are in breach of the human rights of women and girls. “The next urgent step must be a commitment from the UK government to prioritise bringing Northern Ireland ’s abortion laws in line with international

Abortion legislation in Northern Ireland is in breach of human rights law , the Belfast High Court has ruled . Currently, termination of pregnancy is only allowed if a woman's life is at risk or there is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health. The Northern Ireland Human Rights

She said Ms Ewart had legal standing to challenge the law. The judge will hear further submissions before deciding what action to take.

The judge said: "She has had to modify her behaviour in that she could not have medical treatment in Northern Ireland due to the risk of criminal prosecution.

"She may be actively affected in the future. In my view her personal testimony is not disputed."

Speaking outside court after the ruling was delivered, Ms Ewart said: "It is a massive emotional relief. This has not been an easy journey."

She added: "It is a massive victory. It has been a massive stress emotionally on the family but six years later let's enjoy today."

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Northern Ireland abortion law a breach of human rights commitments rules Belfast court .
Northern Ireland's strict abortion law breaches the UK's human rights commitments, the High Court in Belfast has ruled."Her personal testimony is compelling," she said.

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