Northern Ireland will soon enforce laws stating that no limits will apply on abortions of babies with severe mental or physical impairments, though a consultation performed by the Northern Ireland Office found that 79% of respondents did not support the specific framework.
The framework, created by the Northern Ireland Office (NIO), will allow abortions to take place in Northern Ireland “without conditionality” up until 12 weeks, the BBC reported.
There will be no time limit in cases of “fatal foetal abnormality,” according to the BBC, or if the baby would suffer from a severe mental or physical impairment.
If the continuation of a pregnancy would potentially injure the mother’s physical or mental health, a limit of 24 weeks will apply, according to the BBC. The U.K. government did not add medication abortion to the framework. . .
“I fundamentally reject that Westminster has brought these forward today,” said former Northern Ireland minister Arlene Foster, the Irish Times report. “We have a devolved administration, it should have been a devolved administration that dealt with these issues … we will be looking at how we can deal with these issues going forward in the future.” (Read more from “Country Legalizes Abortion Without Limits for Babies With Severe Mental or Physical Impairments” HERE)