Letter: No abortion

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No abortion

Sir: Goretti Horgan and Anita Villa of Alliance for Choice claim that "successive British governments have ignored" the many Northern Irish women who have to travel to Britain to seek abortions (letter, 1 March).

This is unfair. Northern Ireland was exempted from the 1967 Abortion Act because of pressure from politicians in Northern Ireland, and it is such pressure, from Catholic and Protestant alike, which has kept abortion illegal there. Sectarian politicians may oppose each other on the issue of sovereignty, but they have been as one in forcing theocratic moral laws on the province.

Sinn Fein and the Progressive Unionist Party are as much part of this conspiracy as anyone else, despite their attempts at striking a radical pose on the abortion issue mow.