12 May 2009

Court of Appeal dismisses abortion law case

8:19 pm on 12 May 2009

An attempt to scrutinise New Zealand's abortion laws has stalled, following the Court of Appeal's refusal to hear the case.

The Abortion Supervisory Committee and the group Right to Life appealed to the Court of Appeal against a High Court ruling issued last year.

The High Court ruling, by Justice Miller, questioned the lawfulness of 98% of abortions which are granted on mental health grounds.

At the Court of Appeal on Tuesday, Justice Hammond dismissed both appeals, saying the High Court had failed to make any orders, and therefore there were no grounds for appeal.

The judge suggested both parties go back to the High Court and seek orders.