Supreme court to rule on Northern Ireland abortion law

On Thursday, June 7, 2018, The UK’s Supreme Court will announce its decision is on whether Northern Ireland Abortion law is compatible or not.

Similar to the other parts of the UK, the 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to NI.

Currently, the law is only permitted if there is a risk of permanent and serious damage to her mental or physical health or if a woman’s life is at risk.

The challenge of bringing the law was brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC). Now the court will decide whether the current law breaches legislation by banning abortion in cases of rape, incest or fatal fetal abnormality.

However, anti-abortion campaigners commented that doctors cannot accurately predict death, saying that terminally-ill babies “can and do defy the odds”.If the court rules in favors of the NIHRC, then the responsibility may fall on Westminster for changing the law.

Since January 2017, Northern Ireland was being without an executive, when the governing parties ‘the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Féin’, split in a bitter row over flawed green energy scheme.

Jeremy Corbyn, Opposition Labor leader, warned DUP leader Arlene Foster relating that, in the absence of a functioning assembly, “clearly the UK parliament has a responsibility to adhere to human rights standards”.

The Prime Minister, Theresa May said that Northern Ireland’s assembly should deal with the current situation, but a ruling against its laws could lead to a “declaration of incompatibility” with UK legislation.

Mrs. May’s spokesman said, “We recognize there are strongly held views on all sides of the debate in Northern Ireland and that’s why our focus is on restoring that democratically accountable devolved government”, she also added, “We consider this to be a devolved matter.”

the Republic of Ireland, on May, voted for reforming County Abortion more strictly to be followed.  The referendum reignited a debate about Northern Ireland’s law, with some calling for reform while others, including the biggest party, the DUP, remain opposed to changing the law.

by Sawan Kumar on June 7, 2018

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