Pro-choice campaigner wept after vote to make abortion lawful

A woman who has campaigned for six years to liberalise Northern Ireland’s abortion laws broke down in tears as the House of Commons passed legislation repealing a law criminalising terminations in the region.

The vote came as a majority of MPs voted for the Northern Ireland (Executive Powers) Bill, which was designed to allow Secretary of State Karen Bradley to delay calling fresh Assembly elections.

Labour MPs Stella Creasy and Conor McGinn spearheaded the amendments to the bill to make abortion lawful and also to allow same-sex marriage in the region.

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