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The Supreme Court challenge centred on the case of a Northern Ireland woman who became pregnant when she was 15.
She travelled to England with her mother for an abortion in 2012, at a cost of about £900.
Northern Ireland's abortion law is much stricter than the rest of the UK.
Terminations are only permitted if a woman's life is at risk, or there is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health.
Rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities are not circumstances in which abortions can be performed legally in Northern Ireland.
Delivering the ruling, a judge said those hearing the appeal had been "sharply divided" on the case.
Supreme Court judges dismissed the mother and daughter's appeal by a majority of three to two.