Clare Bailey MLA - Continual denial of access to reproductive healthcare an affront

March 19, 2021 1 min read

Friday 19 March 2021

Speaking about the UK Government moving to compel the NI Executive to implement abortion laws locally, Green Party NI leader Clare Bailey MLA said: 

"The Health Minister has failed to commission free, safe, legal and local abortion services for Northern Ireland women.

"This is an issue of rights and the UN CEDAW Committee identified that a denial of reproductive healthcare for women in Northern Ireland constitutes a breach of rights. 

"The legal duty is on the UK Government to ensure compliance with human rights obligations. The Westminster government has acted in line with their responsibilities and where the NI Executive has failed to ensure compliance with human rights. 

"It's an affront to women that we are still being denied reproductive healthcare a year since the decriminalisation of abortion and over fifty years since abortion was legalised by the UK Government." 

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