The law was liberalized last year to allow dismissals following measures taken in Westminster.
However, although individual health trusts have already provided temporary means for early medical abortion, the Department of Health has not yet made services across Northern Ireland mandatory.
Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann has said the issue is controversial and therefore cannot be run alone and requires executive approval.
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis plans to introduce new rules in Parliament next week. He will be allowed to lead Swan’s department. Patron Reported.
Mr Lewis was motivated by concerns that many women were still going to the UK to provide services.
A UK government spokesman confirmed that full abortion services have not yet been ordered, adding that “more legislation is being considered in Westminster”.
A DUP MP warned that the party would strongly oppose any move to implement new abortion laws in the region.
DUP leader Arlene Foster and Westminster party leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson met with Lewis on Thursday.
“Abortion is a decentralized issue,” Sir Jeffrey said.
Any decision by an NIO minister to legislate above the Northern Ireland executive raises serious questions about when and in what areas the government can intervene in decentralized governance.
The DUP will warn the Northern Ireland Office against legislation on a completely divided issue, and we strongly oppose such action.
Abortion is an issue that strongly divides opinion in Northern Ireland with strong pro-choice and anti-abortion lobbies.
DUP MP Paul Givan passed a second reading on Monday of a resolution calling for abortion to be controlled for non-fatal disorders.
Sinn Fൻin Vice President Michelle O’Neill accused the DUP of trying to reverse the progress of the abortion, but her MPs abstained.
The party specifically announced plans to submit to the executive a document asking Swan to order comprehensive abortion services.
A UK government spokesman said: “We are disappointed that the Department of Health and the Northern Ireland Executive are ordering comprehensive abortion services following a change in the law last March.
In this context we are closely monitoring the situation, including considering the nature of the legal obligations of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and the subsequent legislative proceedings in Westminster. “
Additional reports of PA
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