NI abortion ruling: a “pro-life” victory ?

In his ruling on A & Anor, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for Health [2014] EWHC 1364 (Admin) Mr Justice King held that the claimant, whose ordinary/usual residence was in Northern Ireland, was not entitled to access in England abortion services free of charge.  Although the judgement has been welcomed by pro-life campaigners, it would be premature to regard this as a “landmark ruling” since the judgement is to be appealed.  Furthermore, the significance of the case lies in its consideration of the provision of “secondary care services”: by Primary Care Trusts, (PCTs), within England and within the devolved administrations, as relevant to the instant case; and now by Clinical Commissioning Groups, (CCGs). Continue reading