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Westminster Hall debate on abortion law in Northern Ireland

Martin Salter’s Early Day Motion on Abortion Law in Northern Ireland has been scheduled for a Westminster Hall debate on Wednesday 15th July 9.30am – 11.00.am.

This is a welcome opportunity for MPs to raise awareness of the continuing inequality that women from Northern Ireland face and to seek a response from the Government to the points raised.

It is important that as many supportive MPs as possible attend the debate to help raise awareness of this continuing inequality, so please email pro-choice MPs and encourage them to go along. Please note: No votes will be taken at this debate, but ensuring supportive MPs attend and contribute to the debate is still vital.

EDM 1754 Abortion Law in Northern Ireland

That this House welcomes the Westminster launch on 30 June of the film Discrimination and Denial-Abortion Law in Northern Ireland funded by the International Planned Parenthood Federation and launched by the sexual health charity fpa; notes that because the Abortion Act 1967 was never extended to Northern Ireland, women in Northern Ireland do not have the same access to abortion as women in the rest of the United Kingdom; further notes that the film highlights this inequality and the reality of the situation for women in Northern Ireland; and calls on all hon. and right hon. Members to support the campaign urging the Government to provide funding for women in Northern Ireland to access NHS abortion services on the mainland.

Martin Salter MP

23 MPs have signed so far. To find out if your MP has signed, and to send an email asking them to sign, visit: http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=38953&SESSION=899

For further briefing information see the fpa’s briefing, or visit the fpa website: www.fpa.org.uk