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A Woman In NI Who Acquired Abortion Pills Has Court Case Acquitted

Following Tuesday's ruling which saw abortion decriminalised and same-sex marriage legalised, a court case about the procuring of abortion pills has been dropped. 

From midnight on Monday night, abortion was decriminalised and, subsequently, all court cases relating to medical abortions were no longer prosecuted. 

A woman who was prosecuted for buying online abortion pills for her teenage daughter in Northern Ireland has been formally acquitted after an overhaul of the nation’s laws.

According to the Guardian, a judge directed a jury at Belfast crown court to find the defendant not guilty.

The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been facing two counts of procuring and supplying the abortion drugs with the intent to procure a miscarriage, contrary to the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act.

Due to the passing of a landmark bill on Tuesday, the prosecution offered no evidence on Wednesday morning.

"My emotions are all over the place and I find it hard to put into words how I am feeling," she said in a statement.

"For the first time in six years I can go back to being the mother I was, without the weight of this hanging over me every minute of every day and I can finally move on with my life.

"I am so thankful that the change in the law will allow other women and girls to deal with matters like this privately in their own family circle."

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