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Liberalising abortion law will cost £5m a year and stretch our health service: economist

The introduction of relaxed abortion legislation in Northern Ireland could cost just over £5m a year – putting “strain” on an “already over-stretched health service”, a senior economist has warned.

Dr Esmond Birnie said amid the “big moral issues”, it would be “naive to forget a public expenditure cost” from the changes Parliament has proposed.

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