Historic vote could legalize abortion and same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland

A proposed Irish Language Act has been a red line for both of Northern Ireland’s main parties

A proposed Irish Language Act has been a red line for both of Northern Ireland’s main parties

The fundamentalist Caleb Foundation said it "deplores the decision made by MPs to impose upon Northern Ireland measures which will be damaging to individuals and detrimental to society, as they have been in the rest of the UK". "We are not living up to our obligations to protect the rights of the women in Northern Ireland - those one million women are United Kingdom citizens".

Amendments made to legislation by the House of Commons earlier this week compel the Government to liberalise access to abortion and allow same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland if Stormont is not restored by October 21.

May make her promise to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Britons over the weekend, but she she was one of several high profile politicians who chose to sit out of the marriage equality vote.

Regarding the absence of so-called "equal marriage", contrary to a lobby of some parts of business, little evidence that this has reduced investment into Northern Ireland.

For years, conservative laws in the North have prevented women from accessing safe abortions, which the United Kingdom legalised in 1967.

The total number of abortions avoided over the last half century is at least 100,000: that is 100,000 people, nearly all of whom would still be alive today, who would not be here if Northern Ireland had copied GB's abortion law. Meanwhile, marriage equality has been blocked from taking effect in Northern Ireland ever since the United Kingdom legalised it in 2014. "Parliament has changed lives today".

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