NI women now entitled to free abortions on the NHS in England - interference or welcome change?
Abortion is one of the most emotive issues for both the public and the politicians. On both sides of the argument there are strong feelings and the debate often inspires strong words. So you would expect any changes to be handled with care. Yet yesterday there was a major development in the availability of abortions on the NHS that seemed to come out of the blue. Under the threat of losing a vote in the Commons the Conservatives suddenly announced that the English health service would fund terminations for Northern Irish women for free. That's the Tory government supported by the DUP - which is deeply anti-abortion. And forced by a Labour amendment to the Queen's Speech put forward by the sister party of the SDLP - which is deeply anti-abortion. So is this interference or a welcome change that only offers care and support already on offer in other parts of the UK? Chris Buckler spoke to Ann Furedi Chief Executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, Marion Woods from Life NI, Goretti Horgan, abortion campaigner and Mary Lewis from Iona Institute, a Christian think tank.