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Defeated: Paul Givan’s Bill was aimed at defending the right of unborn disabled babies not to be terminated right up to 40 weeks

Defeated: Paul Givan’s Bill was aimed at defending the right of unborn disabled babies not to be terminated right up to 40 weeks

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Defeated: Paul Givan’s Bill was aimed at defending the right of unborn disabled babies not to be terminated right up to 40 weeks

The narrow defeat — by just two votes — of the Severe Foetal Impairment Abortion (Amendment) Bill in the Assembly last week was a lost opportunity for Northern Ireland to become a leader in these islands in defending the rights of the disabled.

The Bill — initially introduced to the Assembly by Paul Givan before he became First Minister — was aimed at defending the right of unborn disabled babies not to be terminated right up to 40 weeks.


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