Britain’s May Refuses To Loosen Northern Ireland’s Abortion Rules

The Daily Caller | 5/23/2018 | Staff
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British Prime Minister Theresa May is refusing to push for changes to Northern Ireland’s tight restrictions on abortion, setting up a confrontation with officials in her own party who want to loosen the rules after neighboring Ireland voted this weekend to overturn its own abortion ban.

Changing Northern Ireland’s abortion laws — the most restrictive in the United Kingdom — should only happen through a vote by the country’s devolved government, a spokesperson for May said Sunday, according to Reuters.

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Northern Ireland has been without a devolved executive since a power-sharing agreement collapsed in January. Since then, Britain’s national government has been making decisions for Northern Ireland — it could legislate directly on abortion rules even though they are typically a matter for the devolved government.

May is not publicly backing a campaign to loosen Northern Ireland’s abortion laws, wary of antagonizing the socially conservative members of the Democratic Unionist Party, who make up part of her parliamentary majority. On Sunday, May tweeted to “congratulate the Irish people on their decision” to overturn...
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