Guidelines 'could lead to fall in abortions'
Revised abortion guidelines could lead to a fall in the number of terminations, according to a pro-life organisation.
Society for the Protection of Unborn Children spokesman Liam Gibson said: "I don't believe the new guidance will make obtaining an abortion easier.
"In fact, it's likely that this will have the opposite effect and make doctors much more conscious about their obligations not to consent to requests for abortion, and also to be much more circumspect about approving abortions that might be unlawful and therefore risk their career."
The current law allows for abortions only to "preserve the life of the woman" or if there is a "risk of a real and serious adverse effect on her physical or mental health, which is rather long-term or permanent."
The new guidance states it "cannot, and does not, make any change to the law of Northern Ireland. In the event of any conflict between this guidance and the law, the latter will always prevail".