The criminal law on abortion: Lethal foetal abnormality and sexual crime

This week the Justice Minister, David Ford, announced a consoltation on the criminal law on abortion law in Northern Ireland. A change in the law has been proposed to allow for abortion in the cases of ‘lethal foetal abnormality’ and views are sought on whether to allow abortion in cases involving sexual crime. There is also a proposal to allow for a conscience clause for medical practitioners.


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