CNA Staff, Jun 16, 2020 / 03:00 am
The House of Lords backed new abortion regulations for Northern Ireland by an overwhelming majority Monday, after the Northern Ireland Assembly rejected the "imposition" of abortion legislation by Westminster.
Members of the second chamber of the UK Parliament voted June 15 by 355 to 77 in favor of the regulations, which were approved by MPs last year when the Assembly was suspended.
Nuala O'Loan, an independent member of the Lords, tabled an amendment seeking to reject the regulations, which permit abortion up to birth on grounds of disability.
Speaking during the debate, she said: "We now have a functioning Northern Ireland Assembly. Abortion is a devolved matter. The assembly voted to reject these regulations on June 2."