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Sponsor of Abortion Act ridicules Northern Ireland's pro-life law

April 26, 2016

As Northern Ireland prepares to head to the polls, a politician who played a key role in making abortion legal in Britain says it it "simply ridiculous" that abortion remains illegal in Northern Ireland.

Lord David Steel, a former Liberal Party leader who introduced the Abortion Act in 1967, spoke on April 26. April 27 will mark the anniversary of they day when the Abortion Act became effective. Lord Steel became Liberal Party leader in 1987, serving in that role until 1988. He was also the presiding member of the Scottish Parliament from 1999 to 2003. 

The people of Northern Ireland will vote for new Assembly members on May 5, in an election that pro-life leaders regard as critically important for preserving the laws against abortion. The Abortion Act does not currently apply to Northern Ireland. 


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