Northern Irish women not entitled to free abortion services, holds UKSC

The Supreme Court of United Kingdom has, by a 3:2 majority, held that the Secretary of State for Health’s failure to provide access to Northern Irish to free abortion services under the English National Health Service (NHS) was not unlawful, as the Secretary was entitled to take into account Northern Ireland’s democratic decision to not fund abortion services. Based on a disturbing interpretation, the Court  held that  differential treatment of the citizens of UK residing in Northern Ireland was not in violation of the human rights arising from the European Convention on Human Rights. This interpretation essentially calls to question whether suspension of fundamental human rights of a section of citizens will be upheld by Courts on the grounds that it has popular majoritarian support.

R v. Secretary of State for Health, [2017] UKSC 41