Northern Irish duo press for abortion ruling despite parliament win

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Northern Irish duo press for abortion ruling despite parliament win

The Brief team
Jul 03, 2017

Two women campaigning for NHS abortions in England to be available to residents of Northern Ireland are to press on with their claim at the European Court of Human Rights despite the British government climbing down over the issue last week.

Lawyers for the mother and daughter, who are known only as A and B, recently lost an appeal before the Supreme Court that would have forced ministers to allow women from the province to have abortions in England funded by the NHS. The ruling was a majority decision of three to two, with the justices expressing sympathy for the women’s claim.

Continued at source: The Times: https://www.thetimesbrief.co.uk/users/39175-the-brief-team/posts/18242-northern-irish-duo-press-for-abortion-ruling-despite-parliament-win

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Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

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Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

June 14, 2017

The Supreme Court challenge centred on the case of a Northern Ireland woman who became pregnant when she was 15. She went to England with her mother for an abortion in a private clinic in 2012, at a cost of about £900.Northern Ireland's abortion law is much stricter than the rest of the UK.

The mother and daughter took the case against UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who conceded that he had the power to make provisions for Northern Ireland residents to access free NHS abortions in England.

Continued at link:BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-40271763

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Supreme court narrowly rejects Northern Ireland free abortions appeal

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Supreme court narrowly rejects Northern Ireland free abortions appeal

Mother and daughter were appealing for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England

Amelia Gentleman
Wednesday 14 June 2017

The supreme court has ruled that women from Northern Ireland are not entitled to free access to abortions on the NHS, a decision that was condemned by campaigners as a “further blow to women” from the region.

A panel of supreme court judges narrowly upheld an earlier judgment, confirming that women who travel to England from Northern Ireland, which has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, cannot receive free abortion care on the NHS.

Continued at link: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/14/supreme-court-narrowly-rejects-northern-ireland-free-abortions-appeal

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