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Westminster steps in after Northern Ireland fails to comply with abortion law change – how it happened

By Claire Pierson, Lecturer in Politics, University of Liverpool
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Abortion was decriminalised in Northern Ireland in October 2019. In March the following year, the legal framework was in place to provide terminations. A year later, though, it hasn’t happened. The Department of Health in Northern Ireland hasn’t provided a clear plan to commission permanent abortion services that would ensure provision would be budgeted for and available throughout all of Northern Ireland.

Now Westminster has had to intervene…


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