‘Speaking of the equivalent English law before the Abortion Act of 1967, Lord Diplock in Royal College of Nursing v DHSS (1981) described the state of the law as “unsatisfactory and uncertain”. This continues to be the position in Northern Ireland – a position which in the best interests of not only the medical and legal professions but more importantly of the public at large ought to be remedied. The Abortion Act 1967 may have its faults but it presents a much more coherent and understandable position than that which continues to prevail in this jurisdiction.’ Northern Health and Social Services Board v A and others [1994] NIJB 1 per MacDermott LJ at 3. Discuss. Medical Law: (LAW506), Ulster University.