Foster insists law change on abortions can be halted

Aug 11, 2019 by

By Jonathan Bell, Belfast Telegraph:

DUP leader Arlene Foster said the liberalisation of the abortion laws in Northern Ireland can not be assumed to be a done deal.

The former First Minister said she was “determined” to restore power-sharing before the autumn legislative deadline, which would give the DUP a chance to block the move.

The Fermanagh MLA said she has been inundated with thousands of emails, letters and petitions calling on her to do all she can to stop the introduction of the law.

She said it was one issue that crossed traditional community lines in Northern Ireland.

“The DUP have consistently advocated a strong pro-life position. We will always speak up for the unborn child,” she told the Impartial Reporter newspaper.

Laws passed in Parliament last month will see same-sex marriage introduced and abortion laws liberalised in the new year, should an Executive not be formed by October 21.

Following its passing into law, the DUP leader said the abortion provision was the “most insidious” of all the changes imposed on the Bill as it passed through Parliament.

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See also: Stop the passing of the Abortion Law in Northern Ireland: Petition Parliament


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