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 ABORTION -- the crime of the age

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Campaigners for abortion in Northern Ireland have gone to court in a bid to give women in Northern Ireland greater access to abortion. The Family Planning Association (FPA) launched the appeal at the High Court in Belfast against the outcome of a judicial review last year on the provision of abortion services. The association sought a ruling that would force the Department of Health to issue guidelines to doctors on exactly when an abortion can be carried out.
Termination of a pregnancy in Northern Ireland is only legal when the mother’s life is in danger or there is serious threat to her mental or physical well-being. It is reported by the FPA that about 40,000 women have been forced to travel to mainland Britain over the past 20 years for an abortion, paying around £1,000 each to private clinics. The Department of Health has revealed that only four out of 8,000 Northern Ireland women who had abortions in Britain over a five year period could legally have had the operation at home.

In the light of these developments, we reprint a slightly abbreviated version of a speech made in the Northern Ireland Assembly on 29th February 1984 by Rev. Ivan Foster, who was then an Assembly member for Fermanagh/South Tyrone. He proposed: That this Assembly opposes the extension of the Abortion Act 1967, or any like legislation, to Northern Ireland. Some of the facts presented in the speech may be dated but the morality of the case is not.


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