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Northern Ireland pro-abortion group accused of bullying minister over guidance

26 September 2012


Edwin Poots is Northern Ireland's Minister for Health

SPUC has accused the Family Planning Association (FPA) of using the courts to bully Edwin Poots, Northern Ireland's Minister for Health, into cutting short his revision of abortion guidance for doctors in the Province.

Reacting to the High Court decision to grant leave to the FPA to apply for a judicial review of the department's actions in re-drafting the guidance (BBC, 24 September), Liam Gibson, SPUC's Northern Ireland development officer, commented:

"It is clear that the FPA is trying to bounce the Minister into issuing abortion guidance because they believe that the longer it takes to produce the guidance the harder it will be to use it to undermine the current law." [SPUC, 24 September]

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