BELFAST, October 14 (Hfrance.fr) - The UK secretary for Northern Ireland has failed to meet its obligations to "speed up " the region 's access to high quality abortion and postabortion services for women in the region, a judge in the British-led province ruled on Thursday.
Judge Colton, however, refused to issue an order requiring UK Secretary of State Brandon Lewis to establish a tible for the provision of the services, and dismissed an application for judicial review against the jurisdiction's Minister of Health and the Executive Committee.
The decision of theThe High Court intervened after the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission launched a judicial review action against the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the executive of Northern Ireland and its Department of Health for not commissioning and funding abortion services.
"This was an important argument that the Commission must take to defend the human rights of women and girls in Northern Ireland, "said Chief Commissioner Alyson Kilpatrick.
"We welcome the High Court judgment today and will now take the time to consider the impact of the ruling.
" Abortion was legalized in Northern Ireland in 2019. Yet in 2021, women and girls continue to have to travel to England to access abortion services, are forced to pursue an pregnancy against their will ortake unregulated abortion pills, "said Kilpatrick.
" The Commission brought this case due to the unacceptable delay in providing adequate services. "
A new legal framework for abortion services came into effect in March 2020, but decentralized government services have yet to been properly introduced and funded due to disagreements between anti-abortion and pro-choice politicians.
The High Court found that between April 2020 and March 2021, Secretary of State Lewis failed to comply with the 2019 law in that he failed to ensure that the state provided women in Northern Ireland with a access to high-quality abortion and post-abortion care in all public health facilities.
The court noted that the situation is fluctuating with dongoing developments.
Since the hearing of the case, Lewis has ordered the parties concerned in Northern Ireland to set up services abortion by March 2022, which may face further resistance from some politicians in the region. Reporting by Graham Fahy; Edited by Steve Orlofsky
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