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Northern Ireland court rules abortion law is against human rights

The Belfast High Court has ruled that the country's near complete ban on abortions violates human rights law.

The UK Parliament legalized abortion in 1967, but the law does not pertain to Northern Ireland. Instead, abortion is only allowed if the pregnancy endangers the woman's life, or if there is a serious risk of permanent damage to her physical or mental health. Illegally performing an abortion is punished with up to life in prison.

The recent case was brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, in an appeal to permit abortion in cases of rape, incest, or several fetal malformation.

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