Amnesty International UK has launched a petition calling for a change to Northern Ireland’s abortion law
The group argues the law is a breach of Human Rights as does not “allow for terminations in cases of rapes, incest or fatal foetal abnormality.”
It wants to make abortion available in such cases and to stop the criminalisation of women and girls who access abortion services.
This follows the news that a 21-year-old Northern Irish woman was given a suspended prison sentence for buying abortion pills over the internet.
Her defence barrister said his client’s prosecution highlighted the difference between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
Amnesty also state in its petition that “if she lived anywhere else in the UK, this young woman would never found herself in court.
“She would hopefully have been given the medical support she needed, instead of having to source pills on the black market to take alone in her bedroom.”
A poll carried out by Millward Brown Ulster in October 2014, it was found that almost seven in ten people in Northern Ireland back abortion law reform.
The data showed 60 per cent thought abortion should be accessible in fatal foetal abnormality cases.