Sinn Fein Welcomes Abortion Debate

Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill welcomed the debate at Westminster on abortion.

She described it as the "first step" on the road to reform in Northern Ireland.

Ms O'Neill said: "I welcome the initiative taken to put this issue on the political agenda at Westminster. It an essential step in bringing an end to the criminalisation of women in very difficult and traumatic circumstances under 150-year-old Westminster laws. Legislative change is required.
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"That legislative change should be developed through an informed and respectful debate in which families and medical professionals can share their sometimes harrowing experiences and know that they are being listened to.

"However due to the anti-rights agenda of the DUP we do not have an Assembly and executive to make the required legislative changes at this time.

"In the absence of a local assembly and executive the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference should meet as a matter of urgency under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement to deliver on rights and equality issues including the critical issue of women’s right to appropriate, modern and compassionate health care."


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