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Apr 23, 2020 - 11:24 am .- The bishops of Northern Ireland wrote to members of the region's legislature Wednesday urging them to debate the abortion regulations imposed by the British government and to formulate new, pro-life regulations.
Apr 7, 2020 - 11:54 am .- After laws permitting elective abortion in Northern Ireland came into force last week, the region's deputy First Minister is urging that women there be allowed to perform medical abortions at home.
Apr 1, 2020 - 07:01 pm .- As the British Parliament's permissive abortion law takes effect in Northern Ireland, pro-life leaders strongly criticized the law, pointing to the coronavirus response as proof of the need to protect the lives of the most vulnerable.
Mar 31, 2020 - 11:48 am .- Politicians of the Democratic Unionist Party, the leading pro-life party in Northern Ireland, along with other pro-life leaders, are lamenting that new laws permitting elective abortion in the region came into force Tuesday.
Mar 26, 2020 - 01:01 pm .- The British government has published its legal framework for abortion services in Northern Ireland, which will come into force March 31. It allows for elective abortions up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Mar 19, 2020 - 01:01 pm .- An English Member of Parliament and a US Congressman have joined calls for the British government to repeal the law dealing with abortion provision in Northern Ireland so the local government can legislate on the topic.
Jan 10, 2020 - 02:23 pm .- Carla Lockhart, a Member of Parliament for a Northern Irish constituency, urged Wednesday that the British law dealing with abortion provision in the region be repealed so that the local government can legislate on the topic.
Oct 21, 2019 - 05:20 pm .- Northern Ireland's devolved legislature failed Monday to block a change to the region's law imposed by the British parliament. As a result, both abortion and same-sex marriage will now be legal in the region.
Sep 23, 2019 - 03:01 pm .- Arlene Foster, the leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, wrote Saturday that the party is 'resolute' in its opposition to abortion, and she called for the restoration of devolved government in the region.
Jul 18, 2019 - 06:01 pm .- The bishops of Northern Ireland noted their alarm Wednesday at the British parliament's passage of a bill that will legalize abortion and same-sex marriage in the region, highlighting the value of human life and the importance of devolution.
Jul 15, 2019 - 02:42 pm .- As the British parliament continues to consider a bill on Northern Ireland including amendments that would legalize abortion and same-sex marriage, a peeress from the region has warned the amendments are “not workable.”
Jul 10, 2019 - 03:18 pm .- The British parliament voted Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland –  a vote that will take effect only if the region's own legislature is not functional by Oct. 21.
Jul 8, 2019 - 03:01 pm .- Bishops in Northern Ireland have spoken out against amendments to a bill in the British parliament that would liberalize abortion provision in the region, bypassing its self-governance.
Apr 25, 2019 - 05:41 pm .- A committee of the British parliament has said Westminster should bypass Northern Ireland's self-governance to clarify the region's abortion law.
Mar 13, 2019 - 05:02 pm .- Efforts to protect the unborn from legal abortion in Northern Ireland continue despite efforts to bypass self-governance and go directly through the U.K. Parliament—efforts backed by a U.N. committee and pro-abortion rights politicians and groups.
Jan 29, 2019 - 05:01 pm .- Attempts to liberalize access to abortion in Northern Ireland continue, shortly after legal abortion was introduced in the Republic of Ireland, with both legislation in Westminster and a legal challenge.
Oct 31, 2018 - 12:10 pm .- A bill in the parliament of the United Kingdom requiring the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to provide guidance to civil servants on how to exercise their functions regarding human rights is scheduled to receive Royal Assent Thursday.

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