In the leaked manifesto, it has been revealed that a Labour government would extend the 1967 Abortion Act – which happened under Harold Wilson’s Labour government, to Northern Ireland as well.
The current status in Northern Ireland is that a woman can only seek termination if their health or life is at serious risk.
The leaked document states:
“Labour will continue to ensure a woman’s right to choose a safe, legal abortion – and we will legislate to extend that right to women in Northern Ireland.”
According to an article from the Independent, Cara Sanquest of the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign said: “We are very encouraged to see that the Labour Party has included in its draft manifesto a commitment to extend abortion rights to Northern Ireland. This is a clear indication that the Labour Party recognises the rights of women in Northern Ireland.”
“Those living in other parts of the UK can access free and safe abortions on the NHS, under the 1967 Abortion Act.”
“This right was never extended to Northern Ireland. We are aware that the manifesto is currently in draft. We urge the Labour Party to retain this vital pledge and provide more information. We’d also strongly encourage other parties to follow suit when publishing their manifestos.”
Labour usually perform strong when it comes to attracting women voters, and policies like these will seemingly make sure that strong performance continues.
by Berk Bektas
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