Abortion: Northern Ireland

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 15th September 2017.

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Photo of Sarah Champion Sarah Champion Labour, Rotherham

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government is taking to further support women from Northern Ireland accessing abortion care in England with regard to travel and accommodation costs.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Minister of State (Department for Education)

On 29 June, the government made clear that we would be providing abortions in England without charge for residents of Northern Ireland.

Since that date, women from Northern Ireland have not been charged for abortions provided. We are working with service providers to agree a mechanism to deliver the service for women from Northern Ireland that replicates as closely as possible the service that residents of England receive. This includes assessing the scope for paying necessary travel and accommodation costs.

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