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Parties and advocacy groups have responded to news that Westminster has ordered Stormont to set up comprehensive abortion services in 'by next March.
Secretary of State Brandon Lewis made the decision after warning the parties beforehand to intervene if a delay persists.
This delay is due to a disagreement between the executive parties on whether the services should be provided or to what extent they should be provided.
Carla Lockhart, DUP MP
"Government 's insistence on meddling in vested interests undermines institutions " Ms. Lockhart said.
"Indeed, cynically, some local parties know that by not making a constructive commitment to find this local agreement, the government will achieve its objectives by March 2022 to the most recent.
" What incentive do they now have to heed the pro-life views held by hundreds of thousands ofe people in Northern Ireland?
"What we have in this statement from the Secretary of State is another example of a government acting with disrespect to the local electorate and elected officials premises. "
Michelle O 'Neill, vice-president of Sinn Fein
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"Finally, women here can have access to modern and compassionate health services to which they are legally entitled, " she said in a tweet.
"The blockade of these rights by DUP and unionism is now outdated. "
Doug Beattie, Unionist leader of Ulster
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"Abortion is legal in Northern Ireland and therefore we must have the services to make sure they can be provided "Mr Beattie said.
" The Ulster Unionist Party has a conscientious stance on abortion but myself as an MP I believe we need to have safe abortion services for women here in Northern Ireland, and this needs to be provided as soon as possible. "
Stephen Farry, Deputy Leader of the Alliance Party
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"This is a necessary and unavoidable directive from the government " he said in a tweet.
" Rather than interference, it is about upholding the law and human rights demands regarding reproductive rights.
"(It is) Disappointing that the Ministry of Health and the Executive failed to act .
The Ministry of Health m we must now urgently initiate the required stepss. "
Clare Bailey, leader of the Green Party
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"The commissioning of services of abortion must be associated with safe access to health care facilities, "Ms. Bailey said.
" Harassment by anti-choice activists near clinics has always existed, but it has increased since the decriminalization of abortion.
"I look forward to seeing the creation of a safe, fully funded, stigma-free, home-based abortion service that supports all people who need abortion care and the professionals who provide it.spensent. "
Ron McDowell, representative of TUV North Belfast
" Statistics of the day ment by Secretary of State on Abortion makes it clear that decentralization is a sham, "he said.
" Brandon Lewis made it clear that he didn 't 'had no respect for the powers of the Minister of Health as he asks him to ensure the implementation and availability of abortion in Northern Ireland.
"He made it clear that he had no respect for the powers of the executive office as he ordered that once the proposals were presented, the prime minister and deputy prime minister must include them on the agenda of the next executive meeting.>
"It is now clear that devolution is unnecessary ".
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"These are amazing and unprecedented steps taken by the Secretary of State who effectively troys the entire council.devolution point, "said a spokesperson.
" Without a mandate from the people and without securing a single vote in Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis effectively took office as minister of Health within the Northern Ireland Executive and has given itself absolute authority on this devolved matter.
"We call on Robin Swann to immediately issue a counter instruction to his service and the Board of Health and Human Services to overturn this act of tyranny by the Secretary of State.
"Failing that, we will call on the Prime Minister, who is also called upon to play his role in the full implementation, to resign ".
Grainne Teggart, Amnesty International
" Once again, Westminster action was necessary to ensure the realization of rights abortion here, "she said.
" Access to early medical abortion remains at the edge of the cliff. It is therefore essential that the Ministry of Health ensure that regional interim services are maintained while the commissioning process is underway.
"The choice must be respected and protected - the only way to achieve this is through a fully resourced service accessible to all who need it.
"Abortion is a health system, the sooner it is integrated in our health care system and any stigma that surrounds it is removed, the better. "
Alliance pour le choice
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'Finally, the services of 'Long-awaited abortions may take their place in health care in Northern Ireland, "a spokesperson said.
"We remain hopeful that people will no longer have to endure the degradation of forced displacement to England or navigate precarious and limited service.
" AFC urges the Ministry of Health to ensure that the services ordered run smoothly and with urgency. "