"The issue of abortion law in Northern Ireland should be decided by the people of Northern Ireland through their elected representatives and not by MPs sitting on a Westminster Committee," Leach said. "The repercussions of damaging the devolution settlement in the way recommended in the report would be felt across the UK."
The group pointed to an October 2018 online poll from ComeRes of more than 1,000 Northern Ireland adults, which ound 64 percent said abortion law should be decided by the people of Northern Ireland and their representatives, not MPs from other parts of the U.K.
Tory MP Eddie Hughes, a member of the Equalities Committee, released an alternative report, requesting that Westminster not interfere with the devolution of Northern Ireland. Rather, he said the Department of Health for Northern Ireland should seek to improve clinical care for women with fetal abnormalities.
Leach welcomed Hughes' report, saying it had "sensible proposals." She said a change in the restrictions could lead to a greater increase in abortions and highlighted the number of children alive as a result of the law.
"The prospect of Westminster imposing change is highly alarming, as any legislation put forward could be amended to allow for widespread access to abortion on request for any reason in Northern Ireland. We do not believe the hardest of hard cases should be utilised to allow for abortion on request," she said.
"We must not forget that thanks to NI's life-affirming laws there are 100,000 people alive today across the Province."