NI: Prosecution of woman who bought abortion pills did not breach human rights
The prosecution of a woman who bought abortion pills for her teenage daughter did not breach human rights laws, the High Court in Belfast has ruled.
The woman was charged with two counts of unlawfully procuring and supplying the abortion drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol, with intent to procure a miscarriage, contrary to the Offences Against the Person Act 1861
The judicial review over the decision to prosecute marked the first time that the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has been challenged on a decision relating to Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws.
The prosecution itself was formally dropped in October following the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland.