The Women and Equalities Committee has today released two separate reports following their Inquiry into abortion law in Northern Ireland. Four members of the Committee voted in support of the Chair’s report and two members voted in support of the alternative ‘Hughes report’ which was tabled by Eddie Hughes MP.
Thank you to everyone who made a submission to the Inquiry last year. An estimated 88.7% of the submissions to the Inquiry outlined that Westminster should not change the law on abortion in Northern Ireland.
The alternative report reflected many of the points highlighted by a majority of the submissions and emphasised that the UK Government should not undermine the devolution settlement by imposing changes to abortion law in Northern Ireland. You can find out more about the alternative report in the press release from our Media Officer, Clare McCarthy, here.
Unfortunately, the Chair’s report ignored these submissions and made a recommendation that Westminster should change abortion law in Northern Ireland. Abortion campaigners are today using this recommendation to put further pressure on the Government and MPs to impose abortion on Northern Ireland.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We know that abortion campaigners are mobilising people to write to their MPs to ask them to put pressure on the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, to impose abortion on Northern Ireland.
It is very important that MPs receive emails emphasising that the Committee was divided on this issue and that they make representations to Karen Bradley asking her to oppose any moves to override the devolution settlement.
We have set-up an ’email your MP’ tool on our website this morning that will allow you to write to your MP on this now. Please click the button below now to take 30-second write to your MP.