North’s politicians are leaving human rights to the courts

Abortion case proves the importance of the Human Rights Act to Northern Ireland

About 800 women and girls are reported as travelling from Northern Ireland to Britain each year for abortions. Photograph: Paul Mezzer/FRF/Getty

About 800 women and girls are reported as travelling from Northern Ireland to Britain each year for abortions. Photograph: Paul Mezzer/FRF/Getty

On October 24th this year, the UK supreme court in London will hear the appeal against the decision last month of the court of appeal in Belfast that the court should not intervene on the laws on access to termination of pregnancy in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, serious malformation of the foetus and for victims of sexual crimes.

That judgment had overturned a high court ruling that the current law was incompatible with human rights laws.

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