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bpas comment on Northern Ireland abortion law ruling

Ann Furedi, bpas Chief Executive, said:

"This judgment recognises the right to autonomy and privacy of pregnant women with a diagnosis of fatal fetal anomaly and those who are victims of a sexual crime. We welcome this ruling – and look forward to the day when the autonomy of all women in Northern Ireland is similarly acknowledged.

 "As noted by Justice Horner, Northern Ireland’s abortion legislation 'smacks of one law for the rich and one law for the poor'. It does not prevent women having abortions but exports the problem overseas. Today’s ruling will not change this for the majority of women from Northern Ireland, who will continue to endure a significant financial and emotion burden to access the abortion care they need. Rather than reinterpreting existing legislation, we should seek to remove abortion  from the criminal law altogether, and trust pregnant women to make the decisions that are right for themselves and their families free from the threat of prosecution."

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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.