Abortion in Northern Ireland

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:25 am on 25th March 2021.

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Photo of Peter Bottomley Peter Bottomley Father of the House of Commons 11:25 am, 25th March 2021

Carla Lockhart has done the House a service by raising this issue. Her predecessor gave the House his advice on relationships before he left.

The choice is between compassion and politics. I put it to the Secretary of State that the key point is this: if there is going to be an abortion, it should be legal, safe, early and local. There has been too much delay. Let us put first the interests of women and girls. Going south or coming east is not the answer. Let us get on with it. I hope he understands he will have support from most people in Northern Ireland.