Abortion is not an easy topic – it is not black and white. Ethnicity itself is largely proclaimed on the basis of religious tradition. Many entrenched anti-abortion political and social arguments have been made by those who purport to have strong religious convictions. The more entrenched viewpoint in this debate comes from the Protestant traditions of which there are many. Major Northern Ireland (NI) Unionist political parties, such as the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), the Progressive Unionist Party (PUP), and the Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV), whose members are often aligned to these religious groupings, are against the legalisation of abortion. The introduction of the Northern Ireland Act 2019 by the Westminster government, in the absence of a functioning Stormont Executive, changed the law of abortion in NI. The majority in the Supreme Court agreed that the law at the time represented a legitimate aim.
|Title of host publication||Routledge Handbook of Global Health Rights|
|Editors||Clayton O'Neill, Charles Foster, Jonathan Herring, John Tingle|
|Publication status||Published - 31 May 2021|