Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

MLA calls for answers on abortion legislation

A DUP Assembly member has called on the Justice Minister to confirm when he will bring to the Executive his paper on the regulation of abortions in Northern Ireland.

In March, David Ford informed the Assembly that he had asked officials to look at the Department of Justice's responsibilities, "with a view to bringing the issue to the Executive as a cross-cutting one".

There was controversy after Marie Stopes opened its first clinic in Ireland in Belfast last October, a move that was strongly opposed by the DUP.

A majority vote to ban abortions in private clinics in the Assembly was struck down as it failed to secure enough cross-community support after a petition of concern from Sinn Fein, Alliance and the Green Party.

Lagan Valley MLA Paul Givan said: "I want to know when he intends to do this and what has been the reason for the delay. There is a high level of public interest that the law is upheld. It is important that the Justice Minister can provide the public with confidence."

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