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Court refuses girl permission to travel Monday, 7 May 2007 15:46
The district court has refused to give permission for a 17-year-old girl to travel to the UK for an abortion.
The High Court heard that the Health Service Executive made an application to the district court on Saturday seeking directions as to whether the girl, known as Miss D, could travel for an abortion.
The girl is four months pregnant with a child that cannot live for more than a few days after birth.
The court heard that the district judge refused to grant an order allowing the girl to travel because he said that would be a failure on his part to respect, defend and vindicate the rights of the unborn.
He also said having regard to the judgment in the C case, where a 13-year-old girl who had been raped sought permission to go to the UK for an abortion, he believed the granting of such an order would be improper and unlawful.
It has also emerged that there was a special sitting of the High Court yesterday where the HSE were given permission to challenge the district court's order.
Counsel for the HSE, Gerry Durcan said there had to be clarification today on whether or not Miss D had a right to travel. The court is now discussing how the case will proceed.
Audio & Video
News At One: Orla O'Donnell, Legal Affairs Correspondent, explains that the District Court has refused permission for a 17-year-old girl to travel to the UK for an abortion.
News At One: Tom O'Malley of NUI Galway gives his views on the ongoing case