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>> Women must decide their fates.>> One, two, three, four.>> A bitter disappointment for human rights campaigners across Britain. The UK Supreme Court has rejected a Northern Island abortion law case. The court on Thursday said while the country's strict abortion law is incompatible with human rights, it doesn't have the power to formally enforce change.
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The appeal was brought to the Supreme Court by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, or NIHRC, just weeks after the Republic of Ireland voted decisively to end its own strict abortion ban.>>
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>> Currently, the law in the British Province of Northern Ireland effectively bans all terminations, with exception only if a woman's life is seriously at risk.
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>> What we are asking for then, is for abortion to be subject to exactly the same medical regulations as all other procedures.>> The NIHRC argued that abortions should be allowed in cases of rape, incest, or fatal fetal abnormality. Thursday's dismissal came down to legal technicalities. One group of judges ruled that the NIHRC didn't actually have the right to bring the case, saying that it would have required a woman who was pregnant as a result of sexual crime or with a fetus with a terminal condition to argue it in court.
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>> Women must decide their fate.>> One, two, three, four.