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Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:45 pm on 19th March 2013.

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Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP 3:45 pm, 19th March 2013

I have circulated draft guidance on termination of pregnancy to Ministerial colleagues, seeking their agreement to hold a public consultation.  I intend to discuss the document 'The Limited Circumstances for a Lawful Termination of Pregnancy in Northern Ireland' at the next meeting of the Northern Ireland Executive.  Following public consultation, I will submit a final guidance document back to the Executive for their consideration.  It is my intention that publication of the final document will take place in the autumn.  The draft guidance document does not change the law in Northern Ireland, and it does not make it easier for a woman to have a termination of pregnancy.