Supreme Court split 3-2 on Northern Ireland NHS abortion case: judgment handed down today

14 Jun 2017 | by Monckton Chambers

The Supreme Court has divided, three votes to two, over the question of whether women who live in Northern Ireland and travel to England to access abortion services should be entitled to free abortions provided by the NHS.  All five Supreme Court judges have ruled that the current situation discriminates against women resident in Northern Ireland, but they have disagreed over whether that discrimination is justified.

Stephen Cragg QC was counsel for the appellants (leading Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC), instructed by Angela Jackman of Simpson Millar.

The judgment is here.

To see Supreme Court press release please click here and here for Simpson Millar.