On the 22nd of October, 2019, abortion was officially decriminalised in Northern Ireland. Prior to this, the country had one of the most archaic abortion laws in Europe.
You see, when the 1967 Abortion Act became law in the UK, it was not extended to NI. Instead, the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act – a law that predates the invention of the lightbulb – remained in place, making abortion a criminal offense and banning it in all circumstances except for when the mother would die.
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