Abortion And Same-sex Marriage Amendments Added To Northern Ireland Bill

Michael Shiels McNamee

Amendments which would legalise abortion and same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland have been added to a Bill currently making its way through Parliament.

The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Bill was introduced earlier this month by Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley.

The purpose of the Bill was to push forward plans to restore the power-sharing Executive in Northern Ireland, clarifying the role of civil servants.

It also is aimed at providing time and space for political parties to agree a return to a power-sharing government.

After its first reading in the House of Commons the Bill received an amendment from Labour MPs Stella Creasy and Conor McGinn which would have repealed a Victorian law criminalising abortion in Northern Ireland and a statutory order banning marriage between people of the same sex.

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