Clare Bailey MLA

High Court decision affirms abortion law breaches human rights

Thursday 03 October 2019

Clare Bailey MLA has paid tribute to Sarah Ewart following the Hugh Court ruling that Northern Ireland abortion law is in breach of international human rights law.

Clare also said she is looking forward to the process of decriminalisation of abortion, beginning on 21 October adding that it’s been “a long and traumatic road for women.”

Clare said:

“Multiple Courts and Committees have set out that our abortion laws breach international human rights standards.  The High Court has affirmed this once again.

“I would like to pay tribute to Sarah Ewart for her bravery in taking this action. I hope that no other woman has to force the government to live up to their human rights obligation in the same way ever again. 

“I look forward to the process of abortion decriminalisation beginning on 21 October and the implementation of necessary healthcare provision for women at the soonest point possible.

“It has been a long and traumatic road for women and  pregnant people here in Northern Ireland.

 “Finally though, we have a chance to create a better future and redress this long standing denial of rights.” 


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