Theresa May urged to give Tory MPs free vote on scrapping abortion charges for Northern Irish women coming to Britain
Conservative MPs are expected to be whipped to vote against free terminations – despite abortion issues being a 'matter of conscience'
Rob Merrick Deputy Political Editor
Tuesday 27 June 2017
Theresa May is being challenged to give Conservative MPs a free vote on scrapping charges for Northern Irish women forced to travel to Britain for an abortion.
Scores of MPs will try to secure free NHS terminations for many hundreds of women who make the journey every year – typically paying £1,400 for a private operation – in a showdown vote expected on Thursday.