Monday 16 March 2021
Green Party NI leader Clare Bailey MLA has commented on the second stage of the Severe Fetal Impairment Abortion Bill.
Clare Bailey MLA said:
“The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) found that the situation in Northern Ireland constitutes violence against women.
"This Bill represents the clawing back of hard won rights for women in NI. It is designed to curb the rights of women and attempts to disrupt the relationship between the woman and her healthcare provider.
"Individual MLAs stood in the chamber last week and waxed lyrical on International Women’s Day. Some of the same MLAs have today supported a Bill that violates women and subjects them to torture and degrading treatment.
"The Bill is supported by MLAs who have been frenzied in their opposition to an Irish Sea border as it threatens their sense of Britishness. The same MLAs are happy for Northern Ireland to once again exist as a place apart without the abortion services that women across the United Kingdom access each and every day.
"If only political Unionism showed the same concern about exporting tragedy to other parts of the UK as it did for importing soil and plant pots from those same regions.
"Finally, let's not forget that the Health Minister hasn't commissioned abortion services in Northern Ireland. So, woman continue to travel to access abortion - and in the middle of a pandemic.”
Clare Bailey MLA concluded:
"Over the last number of days women have demanded freedom from harassment, freedom from torture and an end to violence against women and girls. We demand bodily autonomy without external influence and coercion.
"This Bill is an affront to the demands of women and nothing more than an attempt to control women and girls through the denial of rights."
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