Tuesday 12 December 2017

Man ends legal attempts to stop partner travelling to UK for abortion

The High Court in Dublin
The High Court in Dublin

Dearbhail McDonald Legal Editor

A YOUNG man who tried to stop his girlfriend travelling to the UK for an abortion has withdrawn his case.

Last Wednesday the girl's boyfriend sought a High Court injunction to stop her from travelling for an abortion - or from leaving the country until her true wishes were ascertained - amid claims that his  young partner was being "forced" by her parents to terminate her pregnancy.

But the proceedings have been struck out after the High Court was told that "matters will continue as at present" in relation to the pregnancy.

The High Court had adjourned the case until today after hearing a request from the man that the woman be examined by a forensic psychiatrist to ascertain if she really wanted to terminate the pregnancy.

He said he would not stand in her way if it is her wish to have the abortion.

The young woman, who was in court this morning with her boyfriend, was due to have a termination yesterday.

It is understood that the girl will now proceed with her pregnancy.

The young couple cried and hugged outside court after the case was withdrawn.

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