February 23, 2018 / 11:43 AM / 3 months ago

Northern Ireland abortion laws violate women's rights, UN body says

GENEVA, Feb 23 (Reuters) - The United Kingdom violates women’s rights in Northern Ireland by unduly restricting their access to abortion, a report by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women said on Friday.

“Denial of abortion and criminalisation of abortion amounts to discrimination against women because it is a denial of a service that only women need. And it puts women in horrific situations,” the committee’s vice-chairwoman, Ruth Halperin-Kaddari, said in a statement. (Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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