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Abortion and gay marriage will be likely be legalized at midnight in Northern Ireland.
The British Parliament seized on Northern Ireland’s government-less state to add an amendment legalizing both issues in July.
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“This is our time, this is our battle,” says a pro-life Northern Irish leader.
The British Parliament will likely legalize same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland at midnight Monday.
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The British parliament imposed an amendment on a “routine bill” in July that will legalize gay marriage and abortion as of midnight Monday, according to the New York Times. The Republic of Ireland voted to legalize abortion last year, the publication reports.
Northern Ireland’s regional government blocked abortion in 2017 before collapsing, according to the Times, and the British Parliament took advantage of the opportunity to add the amendment legalizing abortion and same-sex marriage. Northern Ireland holds the world record for going the longest period of time without a sitting government after going more than 589 days without a government, the Independent reports.
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Northern Ireland formerly had some of the most restrictive abortion legislation in Europe; Northern Ireland and Poland both banned all abortions except on the basis of health or therapeutic grounds, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights. Northern Ireland’s abortion laws included the provision of mental health, and Poland’s laws permitted abortion in cases of rape, fetal impairment, incest.
Malta is the only other European country to totally restrict abortion.
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The legalization will come after the High Court in Belfast ruled in early October that Northern Ireland’s 158-year-old abortion laws breach the United Kingdom’s understanding of human rights, the Guardian reports.
“For too long, women and girls in Northern Ireland have been left behind their counterparts in the rest of the U.K. when it comes to their human rights,” said British lawmaker of the Labour Party, Stella Creasy, who put the amendment forward.
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