Abortion debate: Corbyn says Westminster has human rights responsibilities

Abortion debate: Corbyn says Westminster has human rights responsibilities

Abortion laws are stricter in Northern Ireland than the rest of the UK.

The Supreme Court has ruled that the current law is incompatible with Article 8 of European Convention of Human Rights - that is the right to respect for private and family life - in those three circumstances.

Lord Mance, the Deputy President of the Supreme Court, made the case for an immediate change in the law very powerfully in his comments in the judgment.

The Government has faced intense cross-party calls to liberalise Northern Ireland's abortion laws following the landslide pro-choice referendum victory in the Irish Republic last month.

The referendum reignited a debate about Northern Ireland's law, with some calling for reform while others - including the biggest party, the Democratic Unionist Party - remain opposed to changing the law.

"Despite the fact that there wasn't an identified "victim" in this case, the judges felt so strongly that the evidence showed that Northern Ireland's abortion law breaches women's rights, that they dispensed with procedure and set out their conclusions anyway".

But the Department of Justice at Stormont and Northern Ireland's attorney general challenged the judgment and won the appeal.

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The majority of judges - five out of seven - ruled in favour that the Northern Ireland abortion law is in breach of women's rights.

The Northern Irish law pertaining to abortion is now the strictest in the United Kingdom and permits abortion only when there is real and substantial risk of loss of the woman's life, including from a risk of suicide, that can only be averted by carrying out an abortion. Theresa May is likely to repeat her mantra that abortion is a devolved matter.

"The commission had argued the law criminalizes vulnerable women and girls and subjects them to inhumane and degrading treatment in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights", NPR's Debbie Elliott reports.

The Supreme Court has today dismissed an attempt to overturn Northern Ireland's pro-life protections. [It] makes clear there is nowhere left for the government to hide on this issue. In 2016, more than 700 women traveled from Northern Ireland to England and Wales to get an abortion.

"All eyes are now on the UK Government", Teggart added. But though some British lawmakers have floated the idea of changing the abortion law directly from London, Prime Minister Theresa May is unlikely to push for such a change.

Speaking to assembled media on Thursday morning, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, meanwhile, stated that the issues relating to Northern Ireland's abortion law should be decided "by the people who live in Northern Ireland".

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