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Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws are incompatible with human rights legislation and need "radical reconsideration", the UK's highest court has urged. A majority of a seven-strong panel of Supreme Court justices ruled the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) had no legal standing to bring its challenge against the abortion…
The UK's highest court is set to rule on a challenge over the legality of Northern Ireland's strict abortion law. Seven Supreme Court justices in London will announce their decision on Thursday, at a time of intense political debate on the issue. The ruling by the panel of judges, headed…
A high-profile Democratic Unionist and former Stormont health minister has compared the abortion regime in Great Britain to the Holocaust. Jim Wells (pictured0 claimed the numbers murdered by the Nazis in concentration camps were comparable to the number of terminations since abortion laws were relaxed in England, Scotland and Wales.…
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Northern Ireland has published deeply concerning research findings detailing social workers’ experiences of being subjected to intimidation, threats and violence. Their report, Insult and Injury, presents the results of a survey open to all social workers in Northern Ireland. Eighty-six per cent of…
Karen Bradley has said she personally backs abortion reform - but the Northern Ireland Assembly must be restored to consider the issue to avoid disenfranchising 1.8 million people. The Northern Ireland Secretary confirmed if abortion came before the House of Commons then a free vote would take place, as it…
Repealing a 150-year-old law that criminalises abortion could eliminate certain safeguards and allow "abortion on demand throughout pregnancy", MPs have heard. Tory and DUP MPs stood to oppose the proposal to repeal certain sections of the Offences Against the Person Act (OAPA) 1861, saying it would "impose" one of the…
Jeremy Corbyn has hit out at the DUP after it insisted Westminster should not meddle with Northern Ireland's strict abortion regime. As the Commons was holding an emergency debate on termination laws, the Labour leader insisted Parliament had a responsibility to respect human rights standards. DUP leader Arlene Foster has…
Prime Minister Theresa May has held discussions on Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws with Tory MPs pressing for change. With the Commons set to hold an emergency debate on the issue, Mrs May faces pressure from within Conservative ranks to take action. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt, who was made…
Sinn Fein has accused the DUP of being out of step with public opinion on abortion, as it expressed doubt some of its voters were defecting to the unionist party on the issue. Former Stormont junior minister Megan Fearon (pictured) said Sinn Fein supporters would not be prepared to set…
Health officials are trying to trace 140 patients who have not yet responded to a major recall alert linked to concerns about the work of a consultant neurologist. Earlier this month, Belfast Trust ordered the recall of 2,500 patients following a probe into Dr Michael Watt amid concerns about potential…
The UK's highest court rules next week on a challenge over the legality of Northern Ireland's strict abortion law. Seven Supreme Court justices in London will announce their decision on the controversial issue on Thursday June 7. The ruling by the panel of judges, headed by the court's president Lady…
Pro-choice campaigners have taken abortion pills outside Northern Ireland's main court buildings in defiance of the strict laws governing terminations. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where the procedure is not legal, aside from exceptional cases, and Ireland has voted to allow it in early pregnancy. There…
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