Ireland to draft abortion law within weeks: Health minister

Cardinal Nichols backs Archbishops of Armagh and Dublin

Ireland to draft abortion law within weeks: Health minister

The UK's highest court will next week rule on a landmark case challenging Northern Ireland's strict abortion legislation, just days after a landslide referendum backed relaxing termination laws in neighbouring Ireland.

Unlike other parts of the United Kingdom, which allows abortion before 24 weeks of pregnancy and in some other cases, Northern Ireland allows terminations only if a mother's life or long-term health is at risk.

Campaigners used a small robot to distribute pills outside Belfast's Laganside courts complex, before three women flanked by others dressed in "Handmaid's Tale" outfits swallowed the tablets.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, Eleanor Crossey Malone, from socialist feminist movement Rosa, was one of those who took the pill in front of television cameras.

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) told the court in October that the current law criminalises "exceptionally vulnerable" women and girls and subjects them to "inhuman and degrading" treatment.

"While we accept abortion is a matter of conscience, ensuring equal rights for all our citizens should be a matter of consensus".

Dundalk could soon become one of the abortion capitals of Ireland.

She said the PSNI was under enormous pressure and was aware of the global pressure inspired by the repeal movement.

"But it's important to recognise that the people of Northern Ireland are entitled to their own process, which is run by locally elected politicians".

They drove towards the Lisburn constituency office of the anti-abortion Democratic Unionists, who oppose liberalisation in Northern Ireland, to continue their day of protest.

Northern Ireland's police will ask the British government for more officers to help secure the province's border with Ireland after Britain leaves the European Union, the head of the police service said on Thursday.

Bishop Doran went on to say that voting "yes" in the Eighth Amendment referendum with full knowledge of legalizing abortion was "a sin", and that Catholics could not take a casual approach to an issue with such moral gravity.

She added that they were "willing to flout the law because we do believe it violates human rights".

Now the influential Labour Party Irish Society has come out against a referendum, stating that such a move would be "divisive" and "simply further delay women's rights in Northern Ireland".

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