The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has lost a legal challenge against a directive rolling out radical abortion laws across Northern Ireland.
Former Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Brandon Lewis, was granted new powers last year enabling him to commission an expansion of abortion provision without the approval of Northern Ireland ministers.
SPUC argued that the regulations granting him the powers undermined the devolution settlement and exceeded the NI Secretary of State’s lawful authority.
The pro-life group’s lawyers also argued that the new powers fundamentally changed the balance between the devolved institutions and central government in London.
The Court of Appeal dismissed SPUC’s legal challenge on Thursday.
Responding to the court’s decision, Liam Gibson, SPUC’s Belfast-based Policy…