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bpas comment on High Court ruling re: NI women's right to free abortions on NHS

Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said:

“We are saddened but not surprised by this decision that women from Northern Ireland are not entitled to NHS-funded abortion treatment in England. But let this ruling serve as a reminder of the appalling fact that women from Northern Ireland are forced to travel to England everyday to access a fundamental healthcare service that they should be able to obtain at home, or take their chances by illegally buying abortion medication online.  Outlawing abortion does not prevent women having abortions, it simply increases the physical, financial and emotional burden of obtaining the care they need.  If women from Northern Ireland cannot get NHS-funded abortion care in England then surely the time has come to ensure they can get that care at home.”

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