A contentious subject

Pauline E. Daniels

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Abortion is a contentious subject for any nation and this is no less true of Northern Ireland (NI). Despite being part of the United Kingdom, NI has never enacted the Abortion Act 1967 and the reasons given are our historically conservative attitudes and beliefs. In April 2013 the latest in a series of draft guidelines entitled ‘The Limited Circumstances for a Lawful Termination of Pregnancy in Northern Ireland’ was issued by the Department of Health NI to clarify aspects of earlier versions that were revoked following challenges by pro-life groups on their accuracy and application. That draft guidelines exist at all is down to pressure placed on the Department of Health NI by the fpaNI through the NI Courts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Perioperative Practice
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014


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