Northern Ireland’s strict abortion laws are incompatible with human rights legislation, a High Court judge has said.
The landmark ruling could pave the way for the relaxation of the current prohibition on women accessing terminations in cases of rape, incest or where there is a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality.
Last month Judge Horner ruled that the region’s near blanket ban on abortion contravened human rights legislation.
In a lengthy judgement which was delivered over two hours, he said the failure to provide exceptions to the law in certain limited circumstances breached a woman’s right to privacy.
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