Anti-abortion farce takes over Assembly

How sad and how typical it is that local parties are uniting to impose an unnecessary ban on a non-existent threat.

The Marie Stopes clinic has said it will carry out medical, not surgical, procedures only up to nine weeks gestation and only within the existing legal framework of private abortions.

They have made it clear they must operate within the NI legal framework and ” want to be regulated.”

Fiddling while the place is burning  is becoming the Assembly’s speciality.   Like the political responses to the flegs dispute, this piece of cross community cant is no more than a displacement activity for failing to get their heads around real issues like community relations and education.

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London