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Belfast Court Finds Fault with Abortion Law

Newspaper article International New York Times

Belfast Court Finds Fault with Abortion Law

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The procedure is permitted in some circumstances, but the Belfast High Court said the measure was "incompatible with human rights."

Abortion legislation in Northern Ireland is "incompatible with human rights," the Belfast High Court said in a long-awaited judgment on Monday that will put intense pressure on lawmakers to allow terminations in cases of fatal fetal abnormality, rape and incest.

Although Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom, the 1967 Abortion Act does not apply there. Abortions are permitted only in cases in which a woman's life is threatened or when there is a permanent or serious risk to her well-being.

Employees at hospitals in Northern Ireland face life in prison if convicted of carrying out an illegal procedure. …

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