The Prime Minister, Theresa May

Theresa May refuses to back radical abortion plan

23rd Nov 2018 - James Mildred

The Prime Minister has said she does not support controversial proposals to change abortion law in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Diana Johnson MP private members’ bill aims to amend section 58 and repeal section 59 of the Offences Against the Persons Act (OAPA) 1861.

This would completely remove existing safeguards and leave England, Wales and NI with one of the most extreme abortion laws anywhere in the world.

In a letter to a concerned constituent, Theresa May said she did not support the Johnson bill because it “does not solve the issue of abortion in Northern Ireland, as without any new provision, it offers no safeguards for women, and would impact on England and Wales as well as Northern Ireland.”

Mrs May also added that decisions about abortion law in Northern Ireland were properly a matter for elected representatives there. She said: “The measures in the bill go a lot further than the current debate in Northern Ireland, so it is important legislation is not imposed on Northern Ireland and we allow local politicians the opportunity to represent the views of the people of Northern Ireland.”

 

 

Picture credit: Theresa May, Prime Minister,Picture by Arno Mikkor 

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