The UK government has intervened to save abortion services in Northern Ireland which are “at risk of collapse” due to being massively overstretched. Abortion was banned in almost all circumstances, even rape and incest, with women seeking terminations facing life imprisonment, until the procedure was legalised in Northern Ireland in October 2019. But the roll-out of abortion services has been plagued with issues due to the government’s failure to roll out services for pregnancy terminations.
Mara Clarke, who set up Abortion Support Network, told The Independent Mr Lewis’ announcement is “both a shame and a relief”.
A relief that hopefully, soon, people who need abortions in Northern Ireland will be able to get them easily and without needing to overcome a gauntlet of obstacles.
“And a shame because this should have been done years ago, before hundreds of women and girls were forced to travel abroad to access care both before and during a global pandemic.
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