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Volume 694: debated on Thursday 26 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will resist any proposal to extend the scope of the Abortion Act 1967 to Northern Ireland. [HL5024]

We are aware of a body of opinion in Northern Ireland that considers the current law on abortion to be either unsatisfactory or unclear, but we also recognise the strength of feeling for not changing the existing legislative provision. In such circumstances, the Government believe that any change to the law should only come about at the request of a broad cross-section of the people who live there.