Northern Ireland: How abortion is restricted in the UK, explained in three minutes

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How abortion is restricted in the UK, explained in three minutes

One area of the UK has some of the harshest abortion laws in Europe. Here we explain how.

Siobhan Fenton, Thomas Goulding
Feb 6, 2017

Unlike the rest of the UK, it is a criminal offence to have an abortion in Northern Ireland.

This is the case even in the event of rape or incest, or a fatal foetal disability. The only exception is if doctors consider a woman’s life to be in serious and imminent danger.

Having an unlawful termination carries the same legal weight as murder, meaning women in Northern Ireland can face life in prison if they go ahead with the procedure.

Continued at source: The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/abortion-uk-britain-video-northern-ireland-ban-how-restricted-explain-family-planning-watch-a7564856.html