The Government have announced that they will be rewriting the Northern Ireland abortion regulations which were going to be voted on by MPs tomorrow. This means that a vote on the regulations will not be happening tomorrow.
Many thanks to all of you who have emailed your MP on this issue, asking them to vote against the regulations.
Unfortunately, it is now expected that the Government will shortly re-table the regulations, with only minor unsubstantial changes. There will then be a further twenty-eight-day window for the Government to organise a vote on the regulations, meaning that we will be facing a vote on the regulations within that time period.
Sadly abortions will still be able to happen in Northern Ireland throughout this period.
The positive development here is that this delay means that we now have more time to persuade MPs and Peers to reject the regulations ahead of a vote, so if you have not emailed your MP yet, please do so by clicking the button below.
If you have emailed your MP, this extra time provides an opportunity for you to encourage more friends and family to write to their MPs.
Thank you for your help on this. We’ll be keeping you updated as the situation develops on this.