Stormont Assembly to sit on Monday to discuss abortion reform after MLAs sign recall petition

The Stormont Assembly is set to sit for the first time since 2017 on Monday after over 30 MLAs backed a recall petition.

MLAs will meet in the Assembly chamber to discuss changes to Northern Ireland’s abortions laws which are set to be introduced from Westminster.

Legislation passed earlier this year will introduce liberal abortion regulations and same-sex marriage if a Stormont Executive was not reformed by October 21.

It comes after former Police Ombudsman Baroness Nuala O’Loan wrote to Secretary of State Julian Smith urging him to recall the Assembly before Monday’s deadline.

The call was backed by DUP leader Arlene Foster who said that her party’s MLAs supported the recall.

Sinn Fein vice-president Michelle O’Neill had previously described the proposal as a “pointless political stunt”.

Mrs Foster said the sitting would allow MLAs to voice their opposition to the law changes.

DUP leader Arlene Foster (Danny Lawson/PA)
DUP leader Arlene Foster (Danny Lawson/PA)



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