The UK Supreme Court has upheld a law that prohibits Northern Ireland residents from traveling to England or other places to get an abortion.
The Christian Institute reports that pro-life advocates are welcoming the court’s decision as a great victory for the unborn.
Abortion is currently illegal in Northern Ireland, except for in cases when the life of the mother is in danger.
Recently, a case was brought before the UK Supreme Court by a young woman and her mother who traveled to England seeking an abortion. Judges in the case ruled against them, thus maintaining Northern Ireland’s strict anti-abortion law.
Lord Wilson, who delivered the verdict in the case, approved of “the democratic decision of the people of Northern Ireland not to fund abortion services.”
Pro-life groups also commended the ruling.
The Iona Institute, a pro-life organization, said that Northern Ireland “should be proud of its life-saving abortion law.”
“At a time when scientific advances have given us an amazing ‘window’ into babies in the womb, we are right to continue to reject the permissive British abortion model,” the organization added.
Abortion was legalized in the UK in 1967, but the number of women who travel to the UK seeking abortions has been steadily declining in the past 10 years.
(Neffinger, “UK Supreme Court Upholds Protections for Unborn in Northern Ireland,” ChristianHeadlines Online, 16, 2017).