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The government’s u-turn on abortion is welcome—but it’s not enough

The NHS is right to stop charging Northern Irish women for abortions, but the fight shouldn't have taken this long

By Sian Norris  

Women march for abortion rights in Belfast.

Two weeks after the Supreme Court ruled that women from Northern Ireland would not be entitled to free abortion services on the NHS in England, the Government has announced a startling u-turn. Today, Women’s and Equalities Minister Justine Greening wrote to the Government to say that “at present, women from Northern Ireland are asked for payment . . . from now on it is our proposal that this will no longer happen.”

The u-turn comes after Labour MP Stella Creasy tabled an amendment…

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