Funding to be allocated for women from Northern Ireland to get abortions in England

Funding to be allocated for women from Northern Ireland to get abortions in England

Stella Creasy tabled an amendment on the matter

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond has said that the government is to provide funding for women from Northern Ireland to have abortions in England.

Currently, women from Northern Ireland must pay for abortions, which are legal in the region only if the woman's life is at risk, or if there is serious risk to her physical or mental health.

Tory MP Sir Peter Bottomley questioned why "only the poor should be denied lawful abortions".

The Chancellor responded by saying that the minister for women and equalities, Justine Greening, "either has made or is just about to make an announcement, by way of a letter to Members of this house, explaining that she intends to intervene to fund abortions in England for women arriving here from Northern Ireland."

Pressure on the government regarding this issue has increased following the Conservatives' deal with the DUP, according to the BBC.

More than 50 MPs had backed calls for this funding to be provided and it was announced just before a Commons vote on the matter because of an amendment to the Queen's Speech which was selected for debate. 

The amendment was coordinated by Labour's Stella Creasy.