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It said the complex moral and religious questions behind the issue should be determined by a legislature rather than a court.
The three judges allowed an appeal against a lower court's ruling that abortion legislation was incompatible with the UK's Human Rights Act obligations.
Unlike other parts of the UK, the 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to Northern Ireland, where abortions are illegal except where the life or mental health of the mother is in danger.
Anyone who performs an illegal termination could be jailed for life.