Northern Ireland

Europe to rule on abortion laws

The European Court of Human Rights is expected to give a judgement later on the Irish Republic's abortion laws.

A case has taken by three women who argued the lack of abortion facilities in Ireland breached their rights.

In 1983, citizens voted to put an anti-abortion amendment into the constitution giving equal rights to life to both the mother and the unborn.

But in 1992 a suicidal 14-year-old girl who had been raped, was prevented from leaving Ireland for an abortion.