- 24 Oct 17
Starting from today, Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws are to go under scrutiny from the UK's highest court. This case is being broadcast live.
Despite abortion being legal in England Scotland and Wales, the 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to Northern Ireland, meaning that 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. Attempts to procure abortion pills for women in Northern Ireland have been met with threat of prosecution.
The case, which got underway this morning (October 24) is expected to last for three days.
The day's proceedings, which take place in London before a panel of seven Supreme Court justices, follow several earlier legal rulings in Northern Ireland on the controversial issue.