Northern Ireland WILL have legal abortion and same-sex marriage

Northern Ireland WILL have legal abortion and same-sex marriage October 21, 2019
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A MOVE that may have blocked  the imposition of abortion and gay marriage on Northern Ireland by the UK government failed today because of an abortive attempt to reconvene the province’s Assembly.

As a result gay marriage and abortion will be legal in the province for the first time – and, predictably there are howls of outrage from the many conservative Christians who infest N Ireland.

A last ditch attempt to restore the Stormont Assembly, which hasn’t sat for almost three years, collapsed when the Social Democratic and Labour Party walked out of the reconvened Assembly, leaving no nationalist representatives in the chamber. This meant no speaker could be elected.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) also walked out.

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DUP leader Arlene Foster, above, said it was a “shameful day” and Northern Ireland would now:

Have the most liberal abortion laws anywhere in Europe.

Pro-life groups and churches argued that the changes were being imposed without anyone in Northern Ireland having voted for them.

But campaigners for social choice called it “a watershed moment” that would bring Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK and Republic of Ireland.

The DUP had obtained enough signatures for a recall of the Northern Ireland Assembly on Monday but could not form a government alone.

Stormont sat briefly today in an attempt to block the new laws, but the outgoing speaker, Robin Newton, said the parties behind it were acting “out of hand”.

Newton said a new speaker would need to be in place before any legislation can be put, and the sitting ended when it became clear that task could not happen today.

Last month, the High Court in Belfast ruled that Northern Ireland’s abortion law was in breach of the UK’s human rights commitments.

Until next April, when new regulations are expected to be in place, women will be offered free transport to England for termination services.

Same-sex marriage will become legal in Northern Ireland next January. The first marriage is expected in February.

Last year, voters in the Republic of Ireland voted by a landslide to end the country’s constitutional ban on abortion.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn


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  • Broga

    The Protestant bigots in Northern Ireland are another group of religious savages determined to impose their opinions on every one else. The result is suffering for women who are denied choosing what to do with their own bodies. And anyone who prefers to choose their own way to live including, of course, sex and marriage. The UK Tories need their votes to hang on to power and the rest of us pay for it by the cash loaded on them to keep them on board.

  • epeeist

    According to Stella Creasy (who has been targeted by anti-abortion groups) the DUP offered to support the Johnson Brexit withdrawal agreement provided abortion rights and same-sex marriage was returned to Stormont.

  • epeeist

    The UK Tories need their votes to hang on to power and the rest of us pay for it by the cash loaded on them to keep them on board.

    The DUP voted against the latest withdrawal agreement in that it has a customs border in the Irish Sea. Given the latest revelation, that goods travelling between NI and to other parts of the UK will require customs declarations, I can’t see that Spaffer Johnson will be able to get them back on side again.

  • Götterdämmerung

    It seems all the grovelling the DUP did to their god has worked well!

  • Steven Watson

    I’m for a Hard Brexit; but NO, absolutely and categorically NO, to that. N.I. is more “Trouble” than its worth. Perhaps we should get shot of it?

  • Jim Jones

    > The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) also

    Wasn’t that a thing on Star Trek or Futurama or ?????

  • Jim Jones

    Give it back to Eire. Let them suffer.

  • Richard Sanderson

    Northern Ireland finally getting 1 little finger into the 21st century.

  • Steven Watson

    Let who suffer, the North, the South, both?

  • Jim Jones

    Gid knows!

  • barriejohn

    Nothing’s worked out for anyone, has it!

  • barriejohn

    Like the UK’s grovelling to the bigots!

  • epeeist

    to other parts of the UK will require customs declarations

    Over the last few years I have asked quite a number of people in favour of Brexit what the benefits actually are. I have never had a substantial answer, perhaps you could provide me with one.

    Perhaps we should get shot of it?

    How exactly would we do that?

  • Steven Watson

    In a nutshell sovereignty and democratic accountability. I would have preferred a simple Declaration of the Independence but the three years of farce in Westminster have provided a needed wake-up call that our Overmighty Parliament has to go.

    Tell them they have six months to put there house in order then we will grant them independence and leave them to their own (suspect)devices.

  • (((islandbrewer)))

    Well, seeing Eire become far more progressive probably gave them a nudge.

  • Raging Bee

    “Sovereignty and democratic accountability?” What a joke. The entire Brexit movement was created and run by cowards whose #1 goal was to AVOID accountability and undermine the UK’s sovereign democratic process using lies, emotion, bigotry, and psychological warfare. Your slogan was “Take back control.” Okay, who has control now?

  • Raging Bee

    That’s not where the DUP are feeling that finger!

  • Raging Bee

    That’s lady’s got some seriously weird fantasies — oops, I mean visions of her country’s future!

  • Steven Watson

    If you don’t understand what democracy, sovereignty, the Common Law and the nation-state are at your age, there is little point in trying to explain them to you.

  • epeeist

    With respect you have no idea as to my knowledge or background in any of the areas you mention.

    Shall we just leave it at the fact that you have no response to the points I raised.