Government lawyers believed some illegal abortions would never be prosecuted, declassified file reveals
The legal advice has emerged from previously classified government files.
Monday January 1st 2018
Government lawyers believed that although abortion in cases of severe disability, rape or incest was clearly illegal in Northern Ireland, prosecutors were unlikely to ever take a prosecution because a jury would not convict someone in those circumstances, a previously classified Government file reveals.
The legal advice was sought after a woman from Northern Ireland – the one region of the UK where abortion remains a criminal offence unless it is to save the life of the mother – had in 1992 travelled to Scotland to end her pregnancy.