Northern Ireland’s ban on abortion will stand after the UK Supreme Court struck down a challenge to the legality of Northern Ireland’s abortion prohibition that was taken by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC).
Activists in Northern Ireland have been encouraged to continue to strive to bring abortion on demand to the six counties after the success of the repeal of Ireland’s 8th Amendment referendum, which removes any and all constitutional protection for the unborn.
Abortion is currently permissible in Northern Ireland under the same conditions that it was available in the Republic of Ireland before the Repeal Referendum, that is if the life or mental health of the mother is in danger.
Pro-Abortion activists in Northern Ireland have received strong support from their counter-parts in the Republic and from Britain however, the largest party in the North, the DUP along with significant elements within Sinn Fein and the SDLP have said they will not compromise on the life of the unborn.
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