Former Progressive Unionist Party leader Ms Purvis said the Northern Assembly “forces” any woman who is pregnant as a result of rape or incest, and wants an abortion, to continue with that pregnancy against her will. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

Abortion law in Northern Ireland is draconian and in need of urgent reform, Amnesty International has said. Speaking in Belfast on Thursday when publi(...)

Anti-abortion campaigner Bernadette Smyth was among many in the the courtroom for the hearing. Photograph: PA

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has won High Court permission to challenge abortion law in Northern Ireland. A judge in Belfast has grant(...)

Bernadette Smyth leaving Belfast Magistrates’ Court on December 17th, 2014 after she was ordered to do 100 hours’ community service and pay £2,000 compensation for harassing the director of a Marie Stopes clinic. File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A high-profile anti-abortion campaigner’s appeal against being convicted of harassing a Marie Stopes clinic director will be heard in May. Bernadette (...)

Bernadette Smyth (51), from Suffolk Street, Ballymena, Co Antrim was convicted of two counts of harassment between January and February this year.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A high-profile anti-abortionist has been found guilty of harassing the director of Northern Ireland’s only Marie Stopes clinic.Bernadette Smyth (51), (...)

 British health secretary Jeremy Hunt: Justice King  ruled that his  duty did not extend “to persons who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland”.

The High Court in London has ruled that women from Northern Ireland are not entitled to free abortions in England under the British National Health Se(...)

Mr Justice King said the differences in the legal position on abortion between Northern Ireland than in England and Wales had ‘not surprisingly led to a steady stream’ of pregnant women travelling  from Northern Ireland to England to access abortion services not available to them at home.

Rules that prevent women from Northern Ireland receiving free abortions on the NHS in England have been upheld by London’s High Court.A test case was (...)

Political culture, political cult: republicans are true to Gerry Adams. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

It was a messy year in Northern Ireland, but there have been worse years, even since peacetime. The year started with flags disorder and ended with th(...)

Women walk past a Loyalist mural on the   Newtonards Road in East Belfast. John Larkin has suggested that there should be an end to prosecutions into killings related to the Troubles. Photograph: Reuters

Four years ago, Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley jnr wrote to First Minister Peter Robinson telling him that he would be “mad” to proceed with(...)

Senator Ronan Mullen: read transcript from alleged recordings into the record. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Here I am, wearily writing about abortion yet again, for the simple reason so few commentators will attempt to address the egregious spin put on th(...)

Niall Behan of the IFPA said the Irish health system was “turning its back” on people who needed care. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The death of a woman in London hours after she had had an abortion was the consequence of the Irish health system “turning its back on women who need (...)