A 12-year-old rape victim in Northern Ireland has been forced to travel to England under police escort for an abortion, MPs have been told.
Dawn Purvis, former director of the Marie Stopes pregnancy advice service in Belfast, said an officer seized samples from the procedure as evidence.
The child, who was not identified, could not be treated in Northern Ireland due to strict laws prohibiting the procedure in most circumstances.
Northern Ireland has a ban on abortions in almost all cases – even rape or incest.
The 1967 Abortion Act, which established legal abortion, has never applied in Northern Ireland.