“The focus on the reform and decriminalistion of abortion services in Northern Ireland has been sharpened by the result of the recent referendum in the Republic”. Workers Party representative Gemma Weir has claimed
“That momentum should now be translated into nothing short of locally available, safe, legal and accessible abortion services in Northern Ireland”, she said
The Workers Party is opposed to direct rule and has consistently called for the restoration of the Assembly and the Executive.
“However, the refusal of Sinn Fein and the DUP to form an administration means that the only viable option available is for Westminster to legislate for abortion services for Northern Ireland.
The reality is that women can’t wait.”, Gemma said
“The DUP and Sinn Fein continue to inflict a great disservice on local politics and the people of Northern Ireland.
“The human rights, health, well-being and choices of local women don’t even feature in their diversionary and on-going discussions.
“While local politicians choose to ignore it , Westminster must now acknowledge and respond to the suffering and plight of women in Northern Ireland who seek to have an abortion.
“The legislation must be comprehensive, unambiguous and immediate. It must legislate for free, safe, legal and accessible abortion services with pre and post information and support services” Gemma concluded