Northern Irish police raid women's homes in crackdown on abortion pills

Police in Belfast have carried out a number of raids for abortion pills, a Northern Irish politician has said.

It is understood the raids took place at activists’ homes and workplaces on International Women’s Day, while feminist activists were attending a pro-choice rally in the city. 

Unlike the rest of the UK, abortion is a criminal offence in Northern Ireland, where women face up to life in prison. It is estimated that more than a thousand women each year travel to Great Britain for terminations. 

However, Northern Irish women are not entitled to free abortions on the NHS, despite being UK taxpayers

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