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Woman faces prison for buying abortion pill for daughter in Northern Ireland

Pro-abortion protestors hold placards during a demonstration calling for abortion to be legalised in Northern Ireland, outside Belfast city hall in Belfast on May 28, 2018. (Photo by Paul FAITH / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images)

Northern Ireland remains the only country in the United Kingdom where abortion is still illegal (Picture: AFP)

A woman in Northern Ireland faces up to five years in prison for obtaining abortion pills for her teenage daughter.

The 38-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is set to go on trial on November 18.

The girl is reported to have been in a physically and mentally abusive relationship when she became pregnant, and turned to her mother for help to have an abortion.

However, when they visited the GP for aftercare, a series of referrals led to the mother being called for interview by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) then deemed it in the public interest to prosecute the mother under Section 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

A anti abortion protestors holds up placards outside the Marie Stopes clinic, the first private clinic to offer abortions to women in Belfast, Northern Ireland on October 18, 2012. Dozens of pro-life campaigners protested outside the first abortion clinic in Northern Ireland as it opened to the public. Around 50 protesters brandishing placards saying "Life is precious" and showing photographs of foetuses gathered outside the privately run clinic in an anonymous building in Belfast. AFP PHOTO/ Peter Muhly (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

A anti-abortion protestors holds up placards outside the Marie Stopes clinic, the first private clinic to offer abortions to women in Belfast (Picture: AFP)

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 17: The abortion drug Mifepristone, also known as RU486, is pictured in an abortion clinic February 17, 2006 in Auckland, New Zealand. The drug, which has been available in New Zealand for four years and is used in many countries around the world, is expected to be available to Australian women within a year after parliament yesterday approved a bill which transfers regulatory control of the drug to the Therapeutic Goods Administration, a government body of scientists and doctors that regulates all other drugs in Australia. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The girl is said to have been in a physically and mentally abusive relationship when she became pregnant (Picture: Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 05: Pro-choice campaigners hold placards outside the Houses of Parliament during a demonstration to urge the Government to extend the same laws on abortion across the UK</br><a href=https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/28/woman-faces-prison-buying-abortion-pill-daughter-northern-ireland-10085240/><strong>Read More – Source</strong></a></p> 
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