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MPs vote to liberalise abortion rights in Northern Ireland

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 11 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4674
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

MPs in the UK parliament have voted overwhelmingly to liberalise abortion laws in Northern Ireland and bring them into line with those in the rest of the UK.

The move happened after Labour MP Stella Creasy put down an amendment to the Northern Ireland Executive (Formation) Bill, a technical government bill connected to budgets and elections for the devolved Northern Ireland assembly.

Abortion is an area which is devolved to the assembly at Stormont and the government had argued that it was for the assembly …

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