NO MORE DELAY: Campaign groups welcome landslide vote in Westminster in favour of changing Northern Ireland’s Abortion Law and call for urgent action

 


27 JUNE 2019

NO MORE DELAY: Campaign groups welcome landslide vote in Westminster in favour of changing Northern Ireland’s Abortion Law and call for urgent action

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We welcome the landslide vote in favour of abortion rights in Northern Ireland in the House of Commons on Tuesday and urge the Government to take action. The passage of NC10, an amendment to the Northern Ireland Executive Formation Bill 2019, tabled by Stella Creasy MP passed by 332-99 votes. There must be no more delay on the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland.

The amendment states that if the Northern Ireland Assembly has not reconvened by 21st October, the government will be required  to change abortion laws in Northern Ireland. The change in the law will require the Government to bring Northern Ireland’s abortion law into line with the recommendations of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women which has recommended the repeal of Sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Persons Act 1861.

Women, girls and pregnant people in Northern Ireland face one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world.  Last year 1,053 women traveled to England and Wales to access abortion. The outcome of this vote is a huge step forward in support for human rights and a recognition that urgent action is needed. We urge the Government to listen to the majority of the House of Commons and not to delay any further.

The Bill is currently going through the House of Lords, and will come back to the House of Commons for on Thursday.

 

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Hannah Little