MPs to hold debate on Northern Ireland abortion laws


BRITISH MPs will hold an emergency debate on reforming abortion laws on Tuesday (5) amid increasing pressure to lift the ban in Northern Ireland. The House of Commons will discuss the repeal of an 1861 law that makes abortion illegal, but from which England, Wales and Scotland have long been exempt. The debate will have no legal impact but, having already attracted the support of some government ministers, will be seen as a clear show of support for change. It follows last month’s referendum in Ireland on legalising abortion, and comes just two days before Britain’s Supreme Court rules Thursday…

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