NI: Working group backs relaxed abortion laws in case of FFA

First Minister Arlene Foster
First Minister Arlene Foster

The working group on fatal foetal abnormality (FFA) has recommended changes to abortion law in Northern Ireland, according to reports.

First Minister Arlene Foster refused to confirm the content of the working group’s report, which was presented to the Northern Ireland Executive in October, but told BBC News that she is engaging with her party over its conclusions.

Meanwhile, sources told BBC News that the intra-departmental working group - set up by the Department of Justice and Department of Health earlier this year - has recommended a change to the law.

Depending on the outcome of Mrs Foster’s discussions with her party, a paper will go to the Executive in either late December or early January.

The group was proposed in February after MLAs voted against allowing women to terminate pregnancies in the case of fatal foetal abnormality.

It was directed to engage with healthcare professionals as well as those people directly affected by fatal foetal abnormality on the issue.

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