Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

The UK's highest court has rejected an appeal by a mother and daughter in their legal battle for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England.

The Supreme Court challenge was taken by a teenage girl from Northern Ireland who became pregnant when she was 15.

She travelled to England with her mother for an abortion in 2012, at a cost of about £900.

Northern Ireland's abortion law is much stricter than the rest of the UK.

Terminations are only permitted if a woman's life is at risk, or there is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health.

Fatal foetal abnormalities, rape and incest are not circumstances in which abortions can be performed legally in Northern Ireland.

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