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There is a near-total ban on abortion in Northern Ireland, even in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality. Women face life imprisonment for a health service freely provided on the NHS everywhere else in the UK.

This Victorian-era law dates from a time before the invention of the lightbulb. It must be brought into the 21st century – urgently, before more women are criminalised, forced to travel or left to suffer alone. Abortion is a matter for women and their doctors, not judges.