Here’s something for an incoming Northern Ireland Justice Minister to grapple with… It’s a question that arises following the UK Government’s decision to provide access for women from Northern Ireland to abortion services in England free on the NHS.
From yesterday’s written answers in Parliament.
Abortion: Northern Ireland
Diana Johnson: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to her letter of 29 June 2017 on funding for abortions for Northern Irish women in England, what assessment she has made of whether Northern Irish doctors will be able to (a) formally refer women to and (b) inform women of these abortion services in England without fear of prosecution.
Anne Milton: We are currently discussing with key stakeholders the details of the scheme. Further information will be available in due course.
Or Scotland or Wales for that matter. It’s about equality, after all…