Abortion: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 11th June 2018.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Independent, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to her oral contribution of 5 June 2018, Official Report, column 220, what her policy is on reform of abortion law in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Abortion is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland. I am aware of the many strongly held views across all sides of the debate on this extremely sensitive issue. My priority is to secure the restoration of devolved government in Northern Ireland, so that locally elected, democratically accountable politicians can consider changes to Northern Ireland’s abortion law, and the people of Northern Ireland can contribute to the discussions and debate.

I refer the hon Member to the statement I made by way of an Urgent Question on Thursday 7 June.

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