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UK government may push to legislate again on abortion in N Ireland

The British government may push to legislate further on the provision of abortion in Northern Ireland, as it holds that... Read more

Parliament Buildings in Belfast, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

N Irish bishops encourage legislators to debate abortion law

The bishops of Northern Ireland wrote to members of the region's legislature Wednesday urging them to debate the abortion regulations... Read more

Sinn Féin vice president and northern leader Michelle O'Neill speaks to the media at Stormont, Jan. 9, 2020 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Sinn Féin leader in N Ireland calls for at-home medical abortions

After laws permitting elective abortion in Northern Ireland came into force last week, the region's deputy First Minister is urging... Read more

A pro-life 'Save the 8th' rally in Dublin, March 10, 2018. Courtesy photo.

Pro-life leaders: N Ireland legal abortion thwarts protection for vulnerable

As the British Parliament's permissive abortion law takes effect in Northern Ireland, pro-life leaders strongly criticized the law, pointing to... Read more

Parliament Buildings in Belfast, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Democratic Unionists lament introduction of elective abortion in N Ireland

Politicians of the Democratic Unionist Party, the leading pro-life party in Northern Ireland, along with other pro-life leaders, are lamenting... Read more

UK government to permit elective abortion in N Ireland up to 12 weeks

The British government has published its legal framework for abortion services in Northern Ireland, which will come into force March... Read more

Parliament Buildings in Belfast, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Calls increase for UK to allow Northern Ireland Assembly to legislate on abortion

An English Member of Parliament and a US Congressman have joined calls for the British government to repeal the law... Read more

Carla Lockhart (C), who was elected MP for Upper Bann Dec. 12, 2019, attends the DUP Conference in Belfast, Nov. 23, 2012.

Northern Ireland MP calls for repeal of abortion law 'foisted' by Westminster

Carla Lockhart, a Member of Parliament for a Northern Irish constituency, urged Wednesday that the British law dealing with abortion... Read more

Pro-life campaigners gather with placards at Parliament buildings on the Stormont Estate in Belfast, Oct. 21, 2019.

Abortion legalized in N Ireland, after deadlock in devolved legislature

Northern Ireland's devolved legislature failed Monday to block a change to the region's law imposed by the British parliament. As... Read more

Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP, leaves Downing Street following talks with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Sept. 10, 2019, in London, England.

N Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party reiterates its prolife stance

Arlene Foster, the leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, wrote Saturday that the party is 'resolute' in its opposition... Read more

The House of Parliament in London.

UK is 'hijacking' N Ireland on abortion, bishops say

The bishops of Northern Ireland noted their alarm Wednesday at the British parliament's passage of a bill that will legalize... Read more

N Ireland bill legalizing abortion, gay marriage faces challenges in House of Lords

As the British parliament continues to consider a bill on Northern Ireland including amendments that would legalize abortion and same-sex... Read more

The House of Parliament in London.

UK parliament votes to legalize same-sex marriage, abortion in N Ireland

The British parliament voted Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland –  a vote that will take... Read more

N Ireland bishops denounce 'undemocratic' attempt to expand abortion

Bishops in Northern Ireland have spoken out against amendments to a bill in the British parliament that would liberalize abortion... Read more

The House of Parliament in London.

British parliamentary committee urges action on N Ireland abortion law

A committee of the British parliament has said Westminster should bypass Northern Ireland's self-governance to clarify the region's abortion law.  Read more

Participants in a women’s march on Westminster highlighting 100,000 alive today because of Northern Ireland’s abortion laws, Feb. 26, 2019.

Northern Ireland anti-abortion law has saved 100,000 lives, pro-lifers say

Efforts to protect the unborn from legal abortion in Northern Ireland continue despite efforts to bypass self-governance and go directly... Read more

The House of Parliament in London.

Labour MP tried to expand abortion in N Ireland through domestic abuse bill

Attempts to liberalize access to abortion in Northern Ireland continue, shortly after legal abortion was introduced in the Republic of... Read more

The House of Parliament in London.

UK poised to pass law guiding N Ireland on abortion, gay marriage

A bill in the parliament of the United Kingdom requiring the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to provide guidance... Read more