Offences Against the Person Act 1861

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:11 pm on 5th June 2018.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green 4:11 pm, 5th June 2018

The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. I was certainly in the Lobby when we failed to support that particular proposal.

It is high time that the House took action to end the treatment of Northern Irish women as second-class citizens. Let us look at the man, Leo Varadkar, who welcomed the resounding yes vote by saying that Ireland will no longer say to women, “Take the boat,” or, “Take the plane,” when they need an abortion. Instead, he said that Ireland will say, “Take our hand.” Is it not now time for us to offer our hand to the women of Northern Ireland and end the ban on abortion in Northern Ireland?