Northern Irish abortion laws breach human rights-court

November 30, 2015 2:05 PM

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BELFAST Northern Ireland's restrictive abortion laws are in breach of human rights by failing to provide exceptions in the case of fatal foetal abnormality and sexual crime, Belfast's High Court found in a landmark ruling on Monday.

Unlike other parts of the United Kingdom, abortion is banned in Northern Ireland except only where the life or mental health of the mother is in danger. Doctors who perform abortions outside the limitations face up to life in prison.

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