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Timeline: Abortion rights in Northern Ireland

Despite being a part of the UK, abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland in almost every circumstance, including when the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest, and when the foetus has a fatal abnormality that means it would not survive outside of the womb.

Unlike the rest of the UK, the 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to Northern Ireland meaning women there must travel to the UK mainland, and sometimes further, to access this basic healthcare.

Explore the timeline below to learn more about the abortion regime in Northern Ireland and what we are doing to help bring the law in line with international human rights standards, including the decriminalisation of abortion.

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