The UK authorities will intervene to commission diplomatic providers in Northern Ireland after Health Minister Robin Swann’s failure to do so, according to reports.
The transfer comes around a year after Northern Ireland’s traditionally restrictive abortion regime has been eased through Westminster laws in the lack of a working Northern Ireland Executive.
Human rights campaigners have been fiercely critical of the devolved government’s failure to fund and commission abortion services regardless of the shift in law, along with also the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) recently established legal actions over the topic.
Grainne Teggart, Northern Ireland attempts director for Amnesty International, stated:”annually because abortion regulations were printed, it’s improper that these solutions have to be commissioned. That can be a damning indictment of the collapse of the Northern Ireland Health Minister to prioritise the health of girls and women.
“The Northern Ireland Office has legal duties to make sure the regulations are implemented. Once more it’s crucial for Westminster to behave to guarantee abortion rights have been realised.
“This healthcare has to be available to those who want it that can only come via a commissioned and well-resourced support.”