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Women from Northern Ireland will be able to access abortions in Republic says Health Minister

The Irish Health Minister has confirmed that women from Northern Ireland will be able to access abortions in the Republic of Ireland following the introduction of new legislation.

TD Simon Harris said that he believed the Irish government had an obligation to provide the service.

Abortion is currently illegal in Northern Ireland in all but the most extreme cases and as a result on average 28 women a week travel to England for terminations.

Campaigns for abortion legislation to be introduced in Northern Ireland have ramped up in the wake of the successful Abortion Referendum in the Republic of Ireland.

The Republic overwhelmingly voted to repeal its strict abortion laws in May.

A bill is currently making its way through the Irish Parliament to formally legalise abortion and it is expected to come into effect from January.

Last month an amendment to a bill by Secretary of State Karen Bradley by Labour MPs Stella Creasy and Conor McGinnn calling on Mrs Bradley to issue guidance on abortion law in Northern Ireland was passed in the House of Commons.

Women from Northern Ireland would have to pay to access abortions in the Republic of Ireland, they are currently available for free on the NHS in the rest of the UK.

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