The absence of an Executive in Northern Ireland since 2017 means that there is no scrutiny of the use of UK Government funds for women and girls seeking abortion in England.
This is from the April 2019 report from the Women and Equalities Committee on Abortion law in Northern Ireland.
The report recommends:
- The UK Government needs to set out a clear framework and timeline to address the breaches of women’s rights in Northern Ireland that the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women identified if there is no government in Northern Ireland to take this action.
- The UK Government must set out a timetable for rectifying the error in the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s standing within the next six months so that an individual victim, such as a victim of rape or incest, does not have to take a case to court.