- 03 Feb 17
A recent case once again highlights NI's repressive abortion laws. Plus an inside view on the dramatic upheavals at Stormont.
The hypocrisy of the Northern authorities in relation to abortion was on vivid display last month in court proceedings arising from the prosecution of a Belfast woman for having helped her 15-year-old daughter obtain abortion pills online.
The case came to the attention of prosecutors when a doctor in the practice where the girl sought advice after taking the abortion pills reported her to the police. Had he not done so, he, too, would have been liable for prosecution, and a sentence of up to 10 years.
This is the latest in a series of prosecutions of women for assisting in the procurement of abortions. But there has been no prosecution of Diana King, 71, Colette Devlin, 68 or Kitty O’Kane, 69, who last May handed themselves in to the PSNI in Derry, tendering statements confessing to having taken delivery of abortion pills for passing to women too afraid to have them delivered to their houses.