Abortion court case to be heard soon

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The Human Rights Commisson’s legal challenge to Northern Ireland’s relatively strict abortion laws is set to go ahead in just over a week.

The commission said that June 15 is the date that has been set for bringing the case before the High Court.

The hearing is set to last three days.

It had successfully applied for a review of the law in February and is seeking a change in the law to give women in Northern Ireland the choice of accessing abortions in cases of “serious malformation of the foetus, rape or incest”.

It is currently only available to preserve the life and wellbeing of the mother.

The Commission said the case invokes the European Convention on Human Rights clauses entitling individuals to “freedom from torture and inhuman and degrading treatment, the right to privacy, and the right to freedom from discrimination”.