Isle of Man – LegCo approves Abortion Reform Bill

LegCo approves Abortion Reform Bill

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

The Abortion Reform Bill has been approved fully by the Legislative Council.

This morning, MLCs dealt with all of its clauses - including 71 proposed amendments - and then suspended rules so that they could take the third and final reading at the same sitting. At that point, the historic vote to approve wide-reaching change was 8-1 in favour, with only Bishop Peter Eagles voting against.

The bill will still need to go back to the House of Keys for final approval, however.


Isle of Man: Bishop’s witnesses begin their evidence in abortion debate

Bishop's witnesses begin their evidence in abortion debate

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Witnesses called by Bishop Peter Eagles to support his arguments against aspects of the Abortion Reform Bill began their evidence this morning.

The Bishop, who is also set to table a series of amendments to the Abortion Reform Bill at the clauses stage, warned that unless he could be persuaded otherwise, he would vote against the second reading of the bill.

He called three witnesses to go before the Legislative Council today.