Anti-abortion protesters holding placards walk through Ireland's capital, Dublin, in an anti-abortion protest Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Shawn Pogatchnik)
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Northern Ireland's restrictive abortion legislation is in breach of human rights law, the Belfast High Court found Monday in a judgement hailed as "historic".The case was taken by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in a bid to allow women and girls to access abortion in cases of rape, incest, or where their baby has no chance of survival, without facing criminal charges.Unlike the rest of the United Kingdom, the law in Northern Ireland currently bans abortion unless it is required to save a woman's life or if there is a serious risk to her health.The case also considered submissions from Catholic clergy, anti-abortion groups and human rights organisation Amnesty International.
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