Thursday 7 June 2018 / 9:38 AM Justice / Shami Chakrabarti

Shami Chakrabarti responds to Supreme Court ruling on Northern Ireland abortion laws

Shami Chakrabarti, Labour’s Shadow Attorney General, responding to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the application by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, said:

“The Supreme Court’s decision was made on a technicality, but the Court has made clear that abortion laws in Northern Ireland violate fundamental human rights and has called for a radical reconsideration of the law.

“The Government cannot ignore this ruling and cannot continue to turn a blind eye to this injustice, which denies women in Northern Ireland their fundamental rights, upheld across the rest of the UK. The United Nations has decried this as a violation of international human rights standards.

“We want to see the Northern Ireland Assembly reconvened, but it has now been over 500 days and women in Northern Ireland must not have to suffer any longer.

“Labour is calling on the Government to immediately begin negotiations with political parties in Northern Ireland about bringing forward legislation to extend abortion rights without delay. We urge Theresa May to put the interests of women in Northern Ireland above party politics, and to work with us to make this law.”