Abortion: NIO to launch campaign on abortion law
By Mark Devenport, BBC News NI Political Editor
1 October 2019
The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) is planning to launch an awareness campaign related to the likely change in the law on abortion.
NI law will change if the power-sharing executive at Stormont is not restored by 21 October.
The awareness campaign is expected to launch early next month.
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Huge numbers of repeal campaigners and voters were young women – with a staggering 94% increase in the turnout of women aged 18-24, compared to the 2016 general election. The result reflected a frank rejection of decades of misogyny and the suffocating grip of church and state on women’s rights.
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MPs are debating repealing sections of a 150-year-old law that criminalises abortion.
The emergency debate will discuss repealing parts of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 on Tuesday following an application from Labour MP Stella Creasy.
It follows last month's landslide vote in Ireland to liberalise its termination laws.