Abortion Rights welcomes today’s historical decision as a step towards equal abortion access for all. Today, MP’s voted in favour of Stella Creasy’s amendment to the Queen’s Speech, to give Northern Irish (NI) women access NHS-Funded terminations in England.
NI abortion law is one of most restive in the world. Despite the advances ushered in by the 1967 Abortion Act in England, Wales and Scotland – safe, legal abortion have never been extended to Northern Ireland, where women still live with the outdated, Victorian Offences Against the Person Act of 1861 under which all abortion is a crime, punishable with a life sentence.
Women in NI paying the same taxes and national insurance as women across the UK. They have healthcare provided by the NHS but, unlike women in England, Scotland and Wales, they are denied access to legal abortions apart from extreme circumstances. Whilst this decision is not a solution to the fact that NI women are unable to access abortion care at home, it at least it will lessen the financial burden of those forced to travel to England.
For more information read our on Northern Ireland Position Statement Here