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Abortion Act 1968

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the Government’s policy is on seeking to extend to Northern Ireland the provisions of the Abortion Act 1968. (232787)

Successive Governments have consistently said that extending the Abortion Act 1967 to Northern Ireland would need the most careful consultation there and that no change to the current arrangements should be made against the wishes of the people in Northern Ireland.

The Government believe that the best forum for taking decisions on this matter is the Northern Ireland Assembly once it has taken on responsibility for the criminal law.