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UK Government votes to extend abortion rights to Northern Ireland

9 July 2019 Press release Northern Ireland

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    The UK Government has voted overwhelmingly in favour of extending abortion rights to Northern Ireland.

    Franki Appleton Advocacy and Public Affairs Advisor for Marie Stopes UK said:

    “This is a historic day for women’s rights. As an organisation that has supported the push for abortion access in Northern Ireland, we are delighted that MPs have taken this opportunity to demand law reform and give every woman in the UK access to safe, legal abortion.

    “For too long, women in Northern Ireland have been treated as second-class citizens, and today’s momentous vote in Westminster is the first step to righting this grievous wrong. We join all those who have campaigned tirelessly for change in celebrating this much longed for and very necessary progress."

    For more information please contact the media team on +44 (0) 7769 166 516, or email


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