July 2019- Abortion in Northern Ireland

July 2019- Abortion in Northern Ireland

Thank you for contacting me about abortion in Northern Ireland.

Abortion remains a highly sensitive issue, regardless of where your view lies and one where it is important that the matter is considered with due care and sensitivity.

I support the Government’s belief that any future reform in Northern Ireland must be debated and decided by the people of Northern Ireland and their locally-elected politicians. This has been the position of successive Governments, both Conservative and Labour. I also welcome confirmation that the Government will keep its position under review in light of the UK Government’s legal obligations, and in light of any relevant emerging legal judgments, as appropriate.

Restoring the Executive remains the Secretary of State’s key priority and she has said that she will continue to work closely with Northern Ireland’s political parties to restore strong, inclusive devolved government at the earliest opportunity.