Monday 16 January 2017

Courts will not turn a blind eye to abortion - we must take the law into our own hands

Published 19/01/2016 | 02:30

'If the young woman who appeared before the court last week had travelled to England, Scotland or Wales at the time of her alleged pregnancy, she could have lawfully been prescribed those drugs by the NHS' Stock photo: www.jupiterimages.com
'If the young woman who appeared before the court last week had travelled to England, Scotland or Wales at the time of her alleged pregnancy, she could have lawfully been prescribed those drugs by the NHS' Stock photo: www.jupiterimages.com

The prosecution of women in Northern Ireland for taking abortion pills could be a portent of things to come in the Republic unless our draconian abortion laws are changed.

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Last week, a 21-year-old woman appeared before a Belfast court charged with two offences that have remained unchanged on its statute book since 1861 - unlawfully administering to herself noxious substances with the intent to procure a miscarriage and supplying or procuring a poison knowing that it was going to be used to induce a miscarriage.

The "noxious substances" and "poisons" this woman is accused of obtaining are actually the well-known abortifacient drugs Mifepristone and Misoprostol, which are on the World Health Organisations (WHO) list of essential drugs.

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