Abortion in Northern Ireland: has the Rubicon been crossed?

Frost, Tom (2018) Abortion in Northern Ireland: has the Rubicon been crossed? Liverpool Law Review, 39 (1-2). pp. 175-196. ISSN 0144-932X

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Abstract

On 7 June 2018, the Supreme Court delivered their long anticipated ruling on whether the abortion laws in Northern Ireland are compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. Although the case was dismissed on procedural grounds, a majority of the court held that, obiter, the current Northern Irish law was incompatible with the right to respect for private and family life, protected by Article 8 ECHR, “insofar as it prohibits abortion in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality”. This Supreme Court decision, seen alongside the May 2018 Irish referendum liberalising abortion, and the 5 June 2018 Parliamentary debate seeking to liberalise abortion laws in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, places renewed focus upon the abortion laws of Northern Ireland and Great Britain, which suggests that the ‘halfway house’ of the Abortion Act 1967 Act finally be close to being reformed to hand the decision of abortion to women themselves.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Abortion; UK Supreme Court; Northern Ireland; Abortion Act 1967
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0503 The Family. Marriage. Home > HQ0760 Family size > HQ0766 Family planning. Birth control
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0503 The Family. Marriage. Home > HQ0760 Family size > HQ0766 Family planning. Birth control > HQ0767 Abortion
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0503 The Family. Marriage. Home > HQ0760 Family size > HQ0766 Family planning. Birth control > HQ0767 Abortion > HQ0767.5 By region or country, A-Z > HQ0767.5.G7 Great Britain
K Law > KD Law of the United Kingdom and Ireland > KD0051 England and Wales > KD3934 Constitutional law
K Law > KD Law of the United Kingdom and Ireland > KDE Northern Ireland
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0001 Medicine and the state. Including medical statistics, medical economics, provisions for medical care, medical sociology
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Depositing User: Thomas Frost
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2018 11:19
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2018 08:44
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/47639

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