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Stephanie Palmer, writing for the IACL blog, looks at the recent decision in the case of R (on the application of A and B) v Secretary of State for Health and the issues this raises for abortion regulation in the UK.

The case concerns the question of whether women from Northern Ireland should have access to free NHS-funded abortions in England and whether the Secretary of State for Health's failure to ensure these provisions was unlawful. The Court decided that the Secretary of State was not compelled by statute to exercise his discretion to fund women from Northern Ireland who seek abortion services in England.  

The decision raises constitutional and human rights issues concerning the nature of devolution and the equality of women in relation to the UK's abortion regulation. 

Stephanie looks at the wider context of abortion regulation in the UK and the impact of this decision will have on it.

To read the full blog post, click here.