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Fresh plea to Stormont as abortion case begins

By Staff Reporter

Published 20/06/2016

Sarah Ewart
Sarah Ewart

A woman from Northern Ireland forced to travel to England for a termination after doctors said her baby could not survive has urged Stormont to stop “blocking women’s right to decent healthcare”.

A woman from Northern Ireland forced to travel to England for a termination after doctors said her baby could not survive has urged Stormont to stop “blocking women’s right to decent healthcare”.

Sarah Ewart was speaking as the Justice Minister and Attorney General today launch appeals against a High Court ruling which found that Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws breach the European Convention on Human Rights.

Ms Ewart said it should have meant other women like her would no longer have to go through the trauma of having to travel to England.

“But I, and many women like me, have been failed by our politicians. First, they left me with no option but to go to England for medical care. Then, by their refusal to change the law, they left me with no option but to go to the courts. Now, by appealing the Court’s decision, rather than getting on with reforming the law, the NI Executive has forced me back to the law courts.”

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