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Britain has ignored the cruelty of Northern Ireland’s abortion ban for decades—it’s time to do better

The UK government has been complicit in Northern Ireland’s near-total ban on abortion for fifty years. Now, British activists and politicians must join the fight for change

By Rachel Watters  

People attend a People Before Profit protest calling of for provision of Abortion in Northern Ireland. Photo: PA

The landslide result of the referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment in the Republic of Ireland has brought long-overdue attention to the UK’s blind spot for reproductive rights: Northern Ireland.

50 years after its enactment in Great Britain, the 1967 Abortion Act does not apply in Northern Ireland and abortion is only permitted there in circumstances where it is necessary to preserve the life of the pregnant person.

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