Abortion pills prosecution could have 'chilling effect'
By Catherine Smyth, BBC News NI
6 November 2018
The decision to prosecute a woman accused of buying abortion pills for her 15-year-old daughter could have a "chilling effect" on woman and girls in a similar situation, a court has heard.
A lawyer representing the Northern Irish woman made the comments at the High Court in Belfast. The woman is challenging the decision to prosecute her.
Northern Irish woman to challenge abortion prosecution
Mother fights decision to take her to trial on charges of supplying pills to daughter, 15
Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent
Mon 5 Nov 2018
A woman who is facing prosecution for obtaining abortion pills for her pregnant underage daughter is due to challenge the move in a potential legal landmark for Northern Ireland’s criminalisation of abortion.
The woman will appear in a Belfast court on Tuesday to seek to overturn a decision by the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland to subject her to a criminal trial and the prospect of five years in prison for supplying the pills in 2013 to her then 15-year-old daughter, who terminated the pregnancy.
Court: Medics fear life imprisonment over restrictive NI abortion laws
Friday, October 05, 2018
Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws have left medics fearing life imprisonment, a court heard.
They have had a chilling effect on doctors, a lawyer for a woman forced to travel to England for a termination for a fatal foetal abnormality said.
Fresh legal challenge lodged against abortion laws in Northern Ireland
Monday, October 01, 2018
A fresh legal challenge against Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws has been mounted.
Sarah Ewart is applying for a judicial review, seeking a declaration of incompatibility with human rights law in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.
Five years ago, Ms Ewart travelled from Northern Ireland for a termination in England after a 20-week scan revealed her baby had anencephaly, which meant its brain and skull had not developed and it would either die before being born or shortly afterwards.