Westminster’s plans for more abortions in Northern Ireland – Catholic Herald

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Dubhaltach O ReachtninDecember 7, 2022 at 11:10 am

Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland, has rejected an announcement by Secretary of State Chris Heaton-Harris to fast-track the commissioning of abortion services in Northern Ireland. 

The Archbishop has questioned the priorities of Westminster at a time when “people are struggling to feed their children and heat their homes, and as our overstretched health workers are barely coping under the pressure of financial constraints”. 

The move comes after Northern Ireland’s abortion laws were liberalised in 2019 following legislation passed by Westminster at a time when the power-sharing government at Stormont had collapsed. 

While many celebrated this decision by the UK government to by-pass democratic processes in Northern Ireland, critics are concerned by the heavy-handed imposition taken by Westminster in contrast to its laissez-faire approach to the political impasse in Northern Ireland that has seen the province without a functioning government since the Assembly was suspended in February 2022. 

Westminster’s plans for more abortions in Northern Ireland – Catholic Herald

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