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.

Our Government has a responsibility to deliver abortion rights for women in Northern Ireland. A failure to do so would be a cruel betrayal of women. 

We will continue our campaign until we have reform of law, policy and practice in line with international human rights standards. This includes the decriminalisation of abortion.

Access to abortion is a women’s health and human rights issue, and as such should be regulated like any other medical care and not by criminal law.

Take action now and demand that the UK government step in to end this grave betrayal of Northern Irish women and girls.