Westminster said yes, but Stormont still says no, as a DUP motion to restrict abortion services here was passed by 46 votes to 40.
Even in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, some would still send women with crisis pregnancies in boats and planes across the Irish Sea.
Yet that vote was considerably closer than would have been the case not so long ago when pro-choice voices were few and far between in the chamber.
Nor can the result turn back the clock and reverse Northern Ireland's new liberal law which passed so dramatically in the House of Commons last year. Unless MPs wobble when they vote on the proposed new regulations later this month, Tuesday night's vote seems purely a symbolic one.
Despite their differences, Sinn Fein and the DUP were united in believing that Westminster had gone too far in its provisions.
That's not surprising for the DUP, but it seems new territory for Sinn Fein since it so radically changed its abortion policy two years ago.
Sources suggest that discomfort among a chunk of Northern grassroots members, particularly in rural areas, is motivating a partial retreat.
The passionate, crusading 'Trust Women' ground was occupied in Stormont yesterday by Alliance's Paula Bradshaw, People Before Profit's Gerry Carroll, and Green Party leader Clare Bailey.
Sinn Fein didn't support the DUP motion but it tabled an amendment (which was unsuccessful) tightening the law on non-fatal disability.
"I am stunned at this amendment from Sinn Fein and their forked tongue language," said Ms Bailey who accused the party of exporting an Irish problem to England. "This is what a clawback of women's rights looks like. This is what political opportunism looks like. At least the DUP are consistent in their disdain for women, their bodies and their choices."
Sinn Fein MLAs did protest that they weren't retreating at all, but it didn't really wash. They constantly stressed that many people were uncomfortable with the abortion issue and all views must be listened to and respected. Peadar Toibin would surely agree on that one.
The Shinners were under attack on all fronts with the SDLP's Dolores Kelly asking why a "so-called republican party supports a British government in determining the right to life of unborn Irish children".
The Easter Rising doesn't normally loom large on the horizon of her party but Ms Kelly added as a parting shot: "It's a long way from the Proclamation of 1916 which promised to cherish all the children of the nation equally."
The DUP which demands British rights for British citizens 99% of the time railed against the "constitutional indignity" of Westminster "imposing" its law on Northern Ireland.
MLA Jonathan Buckley lambasted MPs for "cruelly taking" the issue away from local politicians. But a fellow unionist, independent Claire Sugden, accused his party of being asleep at the wheel on the abortion issue. She pointed out that the law change came at a time when the DUP "had the ear of Downing Street and could have done much more".
A visibly angry Arlene Foster rose to dispute that claim as unfair. There had been a free vote in the House of Commons and the DUP had done all it could, she protested. "We'll have to agree to disagree," said Ms Sugden.
Amnesty International's Grainne Teggart described Stormont's vote as disappointing but said it would have no impact "on the abortion law or regulations in Northern Ireland". With this result in its pocket, the DUP will work hard to influence Tory MPs before they vote on the regulations later this month. But the party's record of influencing Westminster on Brexit must give pro-choice campaigners great hope.