Northern Ireland abortion: 'landslide' vote in Commons sends clear message to reform law

MPs have today voted 208-123 to pass Diana Johnson MP’s Abortion Bill through its first reading in the House of Commons

Grainne Teggart, Northern Ireland Campaigns Manager at Amnesty International, said:

“MPs have backed the first reading of the Bill to decriminalise abortion in a landslide vote. This sends a clear message to the UK Government that it must act to change Northern Ireland’s inhumane abortion law.

“This was a vote for the health, equality and rights of women in Northern Ireland.  If the Government doesn’t give the Bill the parliamentary time it needs as it moves towards its second reading, it will be a huge betrayal.”

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