Our Statement following the vote on Stella Creasy and Conor McGinn's amendment to the Northern Ireland Executive Bill:
Stella Creasy MP and Conor McGinn MP presented their amendment to the Northern Ireland Executive Bill to Parliament earlier this evening. Their proposed new clause (NC7) would require the Secretary of State and senior officers of Northern Ireland departments to address the incompatibilities between the law in Northern Ireland and the UK's human rights obligations. This could be a big step forward for the people of Northern Ireland to have equality with the rest of the UK on key human rights issues - such as access to abortion care.
Northern Ireland still has some of the harshest abortion restrictions in the world, banning abortion even in the case of fatal fetal abnormality, rape, and sexual assault.
Richard Bentley, Managing Director of Marie Stopes UK said:
“We are heartened by this show of solidarity with the people of Northern Ireland. For too long they have been treated as second-class citizens, with women and girls denied healthcare in breach of their human rights.
“As a charity that cares for women from Northern Ireland, we see the suffering that restrictions on abortion cause, forcing them to choose between leaving their family and friends to access safe abortion care in our clinics in England or risking life imprisonment buying abortion pills online.
“This amendment is a significant step forward on the path to equality, holding the government accountable for monitoring and addressing these issues, and to give guidance to civil servants in Northern Ireland on the issue of abortion. We applaud Stella Creasy and Conor McGinn for bringing it forward.”
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