DUBLIN, July 22 ( Hfrance.fr) - The British government on Thursday ordered authorities in Northern Ireland to offer abortion services there by the end of March 2022, bypassing objections from some conservative politicians in the province-ruled by the British.
The British parliament voted in 2019 to legalize the avortively in Northern Ireland, at the time one of the last areas in Western Europe with a ban. This year, the British Assembly has given itself the power to force the decentralized provincial government of Belfast to implement more liberal abortion services despite opposition from some senior ministers in Ireland of the North.
Although Belfast has allowed early medical abortion for up to 10 weeks, it has yet to implement the laws allowing unrestricted interruptions for up to 12 weeks, or no time limit in some cases.
This has forced some women to continue to surrender in other parts of the UK to secure layoffs.
"The lack of discussion on this important issue in the executive committee (cabinet Northern Ireland) means I have no choice but tolead the way, "British Minister for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis said in a statement.
" I have the 'legal and moral obligation to ensure women and girls in Northern Ireland enjoy their rights and can access health care, as set out in the regulations. "
Lewis has also called on the Northern Ireland Department of Health to provide immediate funding to support the provisional provision of early medical abortion, which he says is at risk for collapse due to lack of resources.
Until London lawmakers intervened, Northern Ireland was the only one part of the UK where laws prohibited abortion, except when a mother 's life was at risk.
Previous attempts to the local assembly to follow the recent liberalizationabortion laws in the once fiercely conservative Republic of Ireland have been blocked by the Conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Northern Ireland's largest party.
The DUP is still opposed to this decision. Arlene Foster, the then Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, called on London in March to "back down" in its attempts to bypass decentralized government and force the region to expand access to it. abortion. Report by Padraic Halpin, edited by William Maclean
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