The decriminalisation of abortion in England and Wales is a slap in the face for women in Northern Ireland

Today MPs voted to decriminalise abortion in England and Wales. The move is largely symbolic as the 1967 Abortion Act effectively decriminalised terminations in England and Wales 50 years ago, on the condition of doctors’ approval and subject to time limits.

However, the move has been heralded as important nonetheless. As Diana Johnson, the Labour MP who introduced the bill told the chamber that in passing full decriminalisation: “For the first time women will be recognised as the authors of our own lives”.

Few could disagree with the sentiment. Free, safe and legal abortion is a human right and the

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