05/06/2018

MPs Back Application On Abortion Law

MPs have backed an application by Labour's Stella Creasy on abortion law in Northern Ireland.

An emergency debate is to take place in the House of Commons today, 05 June.

Ms Creasy said the abortion referendum in the Republic of Ireland had "thrown a spotlight" on NI.
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She said: "Stopping abortion provision does not stop abortions, it simply increases the risk of a woman either having to make a degrading and lonely journey overseas or forced to continue an unwanted pregnancy, or worse risking buying pills online that may not be safe, with the threat of prosecution if she seeks medical help.

"In calling for this debate, we must be clear about the consequences of keeping sections 58 and 59, because extending the 1967 Abortion Act does not address the impact of these pills or the paternalism that means that women are not trusted to make their own choices, nor does it impose a particular rule on Northern Ireland - it will remove the impediment to Northern Ireland making its own legislation."

Th debate is expected to last for up to three hours.

(CD/MH)

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