A judge has ruled that women from Northern Ireland can’t access free abortions in England

In 2012, when her 15-year-old daughter revealed an unwanted pregnancy, one Northern Irish mother took her and did what 800 other women from her country, and 3,600 from the Republic of Ireland, do each year: traveled to mainland Britain for a termination.

Under the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, abortion has been freely available in England, Wales, and Scotland since 1967. But in Northern Ireland, also a part of the UK, it is illegal. Last year, a court ruled that women from

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