NI MLA Candidates on Abortion Liberalisation, April 2016
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NI MLA CANDIDATES ON ABORTION LIBERALISATION, APRIL 2016
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Background
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This spreadsheet has been created using data from the recent Assembly vote on abortion as well as results collected from contacting individual MLA candidates in the run up to #AE16
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Disclaimer: this is a grassroots project which is not affiliated with any political party or individual candidate.
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Read the results of the recent Stormont Assembly Amendment 61 debate (fatal foetal abnormalities)
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Read the results of the recent Stormont Assembly Amendment 68 debate (sexual crine and incest)
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Read the Abortion Act 1967 legislation here
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Read Amnesty International's 2015 publication "Barriers to Accessing Abortion Services in NI" here
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Explanatory notes
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As of April 2016, the DUP, SDLP, TUV oppose changing the law on abortion in Northern Ireland.
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Sinn Féin policy supports limited access to abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality (FFA). They have voted in favour of the liberalisation of abortion law in cases of sexual crime and incest but have no official party line on this issue.
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UKIP has no party position on abortion. Official website information states they "encourage compliance with the Abortion Act 1967 and seek to make gender abortions illegal".
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The Alliance Party and Ulster Unionist Party allow a 'vote of conscience' on abortion, thus their members may express a variety of views regarding liberalisation.
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The Green Party, NI Conservatives, People Before Profit Alliance, Progressive Unionist Party, Labour Alternative and Workers Party are pro choice and in favour of extending the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland.
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Northern Ireland Labour Representation Committee (NILRC) candidates share the pro choice stance of Labour Party NI and favour the extension of the 1967 Abortion Act.
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Independent candidates' stances on abortion are determined by their individual views.
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Working methods in compiling this spreadsheet. For full guidelines, click here
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Where political parties have expressed a singular stance with regard to abortion reform, we have attributed that stance to every MLA candidate from that party.
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With regard to independents and candidates from parties that treat abortion as a conscience issue, we have recorded their responses either from the recent Assembly debates and/or on an individual basis.
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We have contacted independent/'issue of conscience' candidates through either email, telephone or messages on their social media platforms. We have left the entry blank for candidates who are yet to reply.
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Further, with this spreadsheet we acknowledge that conversations and lobbying are ongoing and that MLA stances on abortion can and do change owing to the hard work of pro-choice lobbyists.
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With that in mind, this data is correct up until 11 April 2016. If any MLA candidates wish to get in touch to add/update/amend their details, please email: mlalist2016@gmail.com
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For any further enquiries in general, please email: mlalist2016@gmail.com
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