Northern Ireland woman takes NHS to court over abortion law

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Teenager is taking NHS to supreme court over its refusal to fund abortions for woman from Northern Ireland

Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent, The Guardian

Wednesday 2 November 2016 07.00 GMT

A Northern Irish teenager who as a fifteen year old had to go to England to terminate a pregnancy, is challenging the NHS’s refusal to fund abortions for women from the region in the supreme court on Wednesday.

The health service has so far refused to pay for abortions for women from Northern Ireland who travel to England for terminations.

The girl, identified as “A”, and her mother are appealing to the supreme court to force the NHS to fund abortions. Their lawyers have described the refusal to financially help women from Northern Ireland who are in crisis pregnancies as “perverse and unlawful”.

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Source: The Guardian