In June, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) ruled that Ireland’s abortion laws subject women to ‘discrimination and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.’ On the facts of this case, the right to private and family life was also violated.
On 15th April 2016 the High Court of England and Wales ruled that while there is no statutory power to order DNA testing to establish paternity, it possesses an inherent power to do so in cases where the absence of a remedy would lead to injustice.
21 year old woman given suspended sentence for inducing abortion with pills
The defendant, who at the age of 19 procured an abortion by purchasing pills on the Internet was given a three months suspended sentence at Belfast Crown Court. The defendant could not afford to travel to England to obtain a legal termination. However, she sought advice from a clinic in England about what pills to buy and induced an abortion.
She pleaded guilty to two offences: procuring her own abortion by using a poison, and supplying a poison with intent to procure a miscarriage, contrary to the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.