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Abortion restrictions ending in N. Ireland - because of Brexit
Within the UK, both Scotland and Northern Ireland have a considerable amount of local autonomy. The UK Parliament usually has little say over what happens in Belfast. But the Brexit crisis has caused Northern Ireland Parliament to be unable to elect a prime minister for 3 years, so it's been operating without a government. So the UK Parliament has been effectively ruling Northern Ireland directly.

Pro-choice advocates are using this as a window to overturn some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the Western world and replace them with some of the most liberal.

Westminster will lift Northern Ireland's abortion ban if the north still has no government next month

Quote: In July, British politicians passed a bill which would force the UK government to take steps to legalise marriage equality and decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland if power is not restored to Stormont before October 22.


Abortion Trumps Self-Rule in Northern Ireland


Quote:Northern Ireland is part of the U.K. but for decades had the right to decide its own laws on abortion.... In July the British Parliament voted overwhelmingly to wipe out the north’s long tradition of protecting unborn children and give the region some of the most liberal abortion laws in Europe. In doing so, Westminster demolished the decadeslong understanding that the British government couldn’t simply impose laws pertaining to important and sensitive social issues on a fractious and fragile Northern Ireland....

The majority of people in Northern Ireland disagree with Westminster’s decision to legalize abortion. Sixty-four percent of respondents to an October 2018 ComRes poll said any decision on whether to change Northern Ireland’s abortion laws should be made by its elected politicians and not by the British House of Commons.
10-08-2019 04:53 PM
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Other quotes from the 2nd article:

Quote:Abortion politics have muddled an already complex political landscape in the six counties of the north, which share a 310-mile border with the Republic of Ireland. The Democratic Unionist Party, which favors continued union with Britain—where abortion is legal—opposes liberalization of the law. Sinn Féin, which supports political unity with the Republic, is in league with London when it comes to legalizing abortion. The return to direct rule by Westminster was backed to the hilt by Sinn Féin, whose raison d’être is to bring about an independent and united Ireland free of British control.

In the Irish language, sinn féin translates as “we ourselves.” Sinn Féin once had a heavily Catholic identity. During the half-century of sectarian violence known as the Troubles, the party of Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness was understood to be the political arm of the Provisional Irish Republican Army. Their decision to go cap in hand to the British Parliament to seek direct rule on abortion has upended centuries of republican tradition.

But this betrayal of republican principles may come at a price. Peadar Tóibín, who founded a new political party, Aontú, after being forced out of Sinn Féin for his pro-life stance, believes Sinn Féin’s progressive drift has contributed to a recent collapse in support both north and south of the border.

On the bright side, it appears that Northern Ireland is finally getting to the point where the political alignments are no longer dominated by UK identity versus Irish identity. Normal, boring right-versus-left political ideologies may be more important at the ballot box. They've come a long way in the last 20 years.
10-08-2019 04:59 PM
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RE: Abortion restrictions ending in N. Ireland - because of Brexit
Radleftists: Hey, we've got a chance to kill babies!!!! Let's do it!
10-08-2019 05:30 PM
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