Response to Welsh Government's Consultation
Pregnancy provision for women from Northern Ireland.
Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the Welsh Government’s
Consultation Document on Termination of Pregnancy provision
for women from Northern Ireland.
I am entirely opposed to this proposal for several reasons:
1] The political reason. The Welsh
Government’s proposal undermines the rule of the Northern Ireland
Assembly. The 1967 Abortion Act has never applied to
Northern Ireland and its Assembly and its people have consistently
voted against liberalising the Province’s law on this issue.
The Welsh Government’s proposal destabilises that
2] The pro-life reason. Northern Ireland has a
long tradition of respect and protection of pregnant women and
their unborn children. The Welsh Government’s proposal would
damage that pro-life legal framework, which upholds the value of
human life and which is supported by its healthcare professionals.
3] The medical reason. Abortion, or
termination of pregnancy, is not healthcare. It is an
unethical medical response for vulnerable women with often serious
physical and psychological consequences. The Welsh
Government should not be promoting such sub-standard medicine.
4] The financial reason. The Welsh
Government’s proposal would require Welsh taxpayers to fund these
terminations of pregnancies. NHS Wales is already struggling
to meet its current commitments without the extra financial,
bureaucratic and medical burden of providing additional ‘health
5] The residence reason. The Welsh
Government’s proposal to permit Local Health Boards to grant
temporary residence to Northern Ireland women is a misuse of its
powers. It is a fudge for ideological purposes.
6] The inopportune reason. Instead of
contesting the law of another devolved institution the Welsh
Government should use this opportunity to join with the people of
Northern Ireland and support projects that assist women in the
Province to continue their pregnancies and avoid the sequelae of
It is for these six main reasons that I hope the Welsh
Government will reject its original and misconceived proposal.
Dr John R. Ling,
9 February 2018.
Dear John Ling,
Thank you for your email about the Welsh Government proposal to fund
abortions for women from Northern Ireland. I cannot speak for
my colleagues but, in all my years as an MP, I always voted against
liberalisation of abortion and was a solid supporter of SPUC, which
It is an outrage for the Welsh NHS to propose funding abortion
tourism when we have such massive deficiencies in healthcare in
With best wishes,
NEIL HAMILTON AM
Mid & West Wales.
Dear Dr John Ling
Thank you for your email. I do not believe that this matter will be
subject to a vote in the Assembly as I believe it is an executive
decision of the Welsh Government.
In any case, I support the proposal of the Welsh Government in this
regard. You will be aware that abortion legislation is not devolved
to the Assembly and I support access to the same healthcare for all
those UK residents who are in Wales.
AC Canolbarth a'r Gorllewin
AM Mid and West