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Yes, they might win votes off Sinn Féin—but long term, the DUP’s abortion stance could harm them

The idea of Sinn Féin voters backing the DUP over abortion isn't as absurd as it sounds. But the prevailing trend goes the other way

By Kylie Noble  

DUP leader Arlene Foster. Photo: PA

With the resounding support to repeal the 8th amendment from the Irish Constitution on May 25th, attention has almost inevitably turned to Northern Ireland, the only region in these islands that effectively bans abortion. 

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the largest party in the region, who grew out of the minority fundamentalist Free Presbyterian Church, founded by the Reverend Ian Paisley in the 1970s. The party ardently opposes abortion in all cases from a conservative Christian perspective.  

Now, leader Arlene Foster has claimed in an…

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