Katherine O'Brien, Associate Director of Communications and Campaigns at bpas, said:
“We welcome today’s ruling which confirms that Northern Ireland’s abortion law is in breach of the UK’s human rights commitments. This is a hard won victory, and we applaud Sarah Ewart’s bravery in pursuing this case over a number of years.
“Unless an NI Executive is reformed by 21st October the archaic legislation that criminalises abortion, denying Sarah Ewart and thousands of other women in Northern Ireland the care they need at home, will be repealed. After this date, clinicians will be able to provide safe, legal abortion care up to 24 weeks of pregnancy in Northern Ireland in line with existing medical law and regulations. We hope that today’s ruling will empower doctors, nurses, and midwives in Northern Ireland to feel able to provide abortion services after this date, knowing that in doing so they are doing the right thing for their patients.”
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Notes to Editors:
bpas is a charity which sees more than 80,000 women a year for 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.