Westminster issues ultimatum over NI abortion roll out

Apr 29, 2021 by

from The Christian Institute:

MPs have backed legislation empowering the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to directly commission abortion services across the Province.

Yesterday, the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021, which authorise Secretary of State Brandon Lewis to impose nationwide abortion provision without Stormont’s consent. The regulations passed through the House of Lords this afternoon, despite vocal opposition.

A radical abortion regime was forced on Northern Ireland by Westminster in March last year. Abortions are now being provided by individual NHS trusts, but have not been commissioned nationwide.


Earlier this week, Robin Walker MP, Minister for Northern Ireland, said: “the Secretary of State is clear that the Department of Health must take concrete steps towards the commissioning of abortion services in Northern Ireland in advance of the summer recess.

“I have asked my officials to work closely with the Department of Health to ensure that urgent progress is made on this issue.”

The Minister added: “The Secretary of State stands ready, if we do not see significant progress before the summer recess, to issue the direction empowered by these regulations.”

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See also: On abortion anniversary, Westminster grabs powers to commission abortion services in NI, SPUC

An open letter from Clergymen to all pro life MLAs in the Stormont Assembly and Executive, from Centre for Bioethical Reform Northern Ireland: ‘We the undersigned, We are grievously concerned with Westminster’s latest move to strip Stormont of all authority on the issue of abortion.’



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