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bpas comment on NI abortion sentence

A bpas spokesperson said:

"This woman is a victim of Northern Ireland’s draconian abortion laws and the refusal of politicians to act to protect the health of their constituents.

"We know that hundreds of women from Northern Ireland travel to England for abortion care every year, but we also know that there are many who are unable to do so, like the individual in this case. Online abortion medication is sadly for some women their only option – and they are being punished for lacking the financial means to travel. This is deeply unjust and, as Justice Horner recently stated, smacks of one law for the rich and one law for the poor.

"It is frightening that women in every country in the UK still face imprisonment for ending a pregnancy. We call on all politicians to repeal these antiquated, Victorian laws and create an abortion framework fit for women in 2016. We deserve nothing less."

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About bpas
bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.