Abortion fanatics have lost a Supreme Court appeal challenging Northern Ireland’s defence of unborn children – despite a majority of judges declaring it is ‘incompatible’ with human rights legislation.
The law, which bans abortions in the case of sexual crime and foetal abnormalities, was ruled as incompatible with current legislation – but judges said the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) did not have ‘standing’ to win the case.
The ruling comes shortly after the Republic of Ireland’s referendum on abortion – which saw 66 per cent of voters back lifting the ban in that country after a massive campaign by the liberal establishment and its allies.
During proceedings in October last year, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission told the court the current law criminalises ‘exceptionally vulnerable’ women and girls and subjects them to ‘inhuman and degrading’ treatment.
A QC representing the taxpayer-funded Commission argued that human rights were being breached, with those affected being forced to go through ‘physical and mental torture’.
The torture inflicted on silently screaming babies during abortion was not mentioned.
By a majority ruling, the judges expressed the ‘clear opinion’ that the current legislation is ‘incompatible’ with European human rights laws in the ‘hard cases’ of fatal foetal abnormality, rape and incest.
Unlike other parts of the UK, the 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to Northern Ireland.
Abortion is illegal except where a woman’s life is at risk or there is a permanent or serious danger to her mental or physical health. Anyone who unlawfully carries out an abortion could be jailed for life.
Submissions were also made at the Supreme Court by a number of bodies, including seven of the UK’s leading reproductive rights organisations, Humanists UK, Bishops of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in Northern Ireland, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children and Amnesty International.