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Unborn babies still to be protected in Northern Ireland
Unborn babies in Northern Ireland will continue to be protected from liberal abortion laws, as a result of a victory in the UK Supreme Court. The Supreme Court voted three to two to reject an appeal for women in Northern Ireland to have access to free abortions in England funded by the NHS.
The appeal was lodged by a 15-
As he delivered the verdict, Lord Wilson commented that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt had done the right thing in respecting “the democratic decision of the people of Northern Ireland not to fund abortion services”. (As quoted by Christian Institute). As a result of devolution, NHS services are provided by individual authorities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Abortion Act was passed in 1967, but it has never applied to Northern Ireland and abortions continue to be illegal there.
The Iona Institute, a pro-
In the last decade, statistics show that the number of women travelling from Northern Ireland to the UK to have an abortion has decreased; in 2016, 724 women travelled over to have an abortion, the lowest figure since the Abortion Act was passed in 1967.
Meanwhile, the Scottish government has stated that it is considering changing its policy in order to assist abortion-