Abortion law ‘harsher in Northern Ireland than in Alabama’

Campaigners say women can face jail sentences up to life in UK owing to Victorian legislation Alabamas near total ban on abortion mirrors the situation in one corner of the UK: Northern Ireland. But pro-choice campaigners in the region say Northern Irish anti-abortion laws are actually stricter than the legislation Republican senators have introduced in the southern US state. They point out that, unlike under Abortion Act 1967, which now allows for lawful abortions across Great Britain up to 24 weeks into pregnancy and beyond that in certain circumstances, was never applied in Northern Ireland. An alliance of fundamentalist Protestant Christians supported by their political allies in the Democratic Unionist party continue, alongside the Catholic Church, to block any moves …