‘Women shouldn’t have to go to court to secure rights’ – Fleming

Sinn Féin representative Hayleigh Fleming has commended Sarah Ewart in her fight to access proper healthcare services for women in the north. 

She was commenting after the young mother won permission from the High Court to challenge the current abortion laws.

Hayleigh Fleming said:

“I wish to commend and extend my solidarity to the bravery of Sarah Ewart in continuing to fight for proper healthcare services for women in the north.

“It’s clear that current legislation in the north is failing women and remains incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

“Women shouldn’t have to go to the courts in order to access proper healthcare. We need to deal with this issue through legislative change.

“Unfortunately due to the DUP and British government’s disgraceful blockade on rights we do not have an Assembly to make those changes.

“In the absence of local decision making the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference needs to meet again and create a road map to ensure the delivery of rights, including health care rights for women.”