A Northern Irish woman who bought online and took drugs for an abortion has been given a suspended prison sentence.
The woman resorted to desperate measures when she found she was pregnant and could not afford to travel to England for a termination.
Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where the 1967 Abortion Act does not apply. When conducting the defence the woman;s barrister told the court that if she had lived in any other part of the UK she would not have found herself before the courts.
It is a scandal that women in Northern Ireland are still unable to access abortion on request, and in fact could be jailed (and in theory jailed for life) for carrying out an abortion themselves or with the help of others.