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Northern Ireland update


Following on from Justice Horner’s decision that the current abortion laws in Northern Ireland contravene a woman’s human rights (as reported in January’s Image News), the issue has been discussed in the Assembly again. As reported by the Guardian newspaper, the debate ran to nearly midnight, when Stormont Assembly members voted 59 to 40 against amending legislation to allow terminations in the case of fatal foetal abnormality and sexual crime.@ In addition to this, Northern Ireland’s Attorney General John Larkin QC, has confirmed that he will appeal against Horner’s “profoundly disappointing” judgment.@