Northern Ireland’s abortion laws break the EU human rights rules, Belfast High Court has ruled.
The ruling comes after a challenge brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC), which seeks the legalisation of abortion in cases of serious fetal malformation, rape and incest.
Among those who had made submissions at the hearing was a 13-year-old girl who became pregnant as a result of incest, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
Unlike other parts of the UK, the 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to Northern Ireland, and anyone who offers an illegal termination could face a life prison sentence.
Official figures show that more than 800 women travelled from Northern Ireland – where abortion remains illegal unless the life or mental health of the mother is in danger – to get abortions in England and Wales in 2013.
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