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Commission shoots itself in the foot over abortion

Sarah Ewart, who had an abortion in England, with Patrick Corrigan of Amnesty International outside Belfast Crown Court after Mr Justice Horner ruled the current law on abortion in Northern Ireland is "incompatible" with human rights law. Picture by Liam McBurney/PA Wire 
THE Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission set out to make abortions easier to obtain in certain circumstances and has ended up making them harder to obtain in those circumstances. Before the commission went to the High Court, case law had arguably permitted abortion in instances of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality. There were hopes that judge Mr Justice Mark Horner would use this to ‘read down’ a more liberal interpretation of the 1861 statute law. However, as he made clear in his final ruling this week, bringing human rights incompatibility into the frame requ[...]
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