The UK Government can and must take a stand against laws which criminalise abortion: Liberty responds to Supreme Court abortion ruling

14 June 2017

The Supreme Court has today rejected an appeal by a mother and daughter in their legal battle for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England.

Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “This case centred on NHS charging – meanwhile the UN and the High Court in Belfast have been clear that Northern Ireland’s Victorian abortion laws violate the basic human rights of women and girls.

“The UK Government can and must take a stand against laws which criminalise abortion.

“Will ministers continue to turn a blind eye to the suffering caused by these antiquated laws – or will they challenge their DUP partners and push for a change supported by the majority of Northern Ireland’s population?”