N. Ireland prepares for abortion law ‘changes’

Pro-choice demonstrators take part in a march in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Sept. 7. REUTERS/JOHN SIBLEY
Pro-choice demonstrators take part in a march in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Sept. 7. REUTERS/JOHN SIBLEY

BELFAST – Campaigners, who fought for decades to end Northern Ireland’s same sex-marriage ban and restrictions on abortion, have prepared for a change to the laws on both.     

Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that does not allow same-sex marriage. Unlike England, Scotland and Wales, laws in Northern Ireland forbid abortion except where a mother’s life is at risk, bans that have been upheld by the region’s block of conservative politicians.

Advocacy groups planned a number of events on Monday to usher in the changes.

Abortion rights were long opposed in Northern Ireland by religious conservatives in both the Protestant community that supports continued British rule and the Catholic community that favors union with the traditionally Catholic Irish Republic.(Reuters)

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