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People of Northern Ireland Celebrate Marriage Equality and Decriminalisation of Abortion

It's a historic day for equality campaigners in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland has legalised abortion and same-sex marriage.

Same-sex couples will legally be able to wed from the 14th of February 2020 - Valentine's Day.

Human Rights Campaign president and civil rights lawyer Alphonso David said today marks a historic victory for the LGBTQ community in Northern Ireland.

"Unlike much of the United Kingdom, same-sex couples in Northern Ireland had been denied the right to marriage equality for years," said Alphonso, "The overwhelming support and tireless efforts of advocates and allies have made this day a reality."

Protests calling for the decriminalisation of abortion and legalising same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. 2017 and 2018. Source: Will Oliver and Niall Carson.

Abortion will be made free, legal and more accessible for people across Northern Ireland by 31st of March 2020.

In the mean time women can purchase abortion pills in Northern Ireland without being prosecuted and seek surgical abortions in the rest of the United Kingdom without the fear they're committing a criminal offence.

Due to abortion now in the process of being decriminalised, all investigations and prosecutions involving abortion cases will be put to a halt.

By the end of March next year women will be able to seek an abortion within the first 24 weeks of pregnancy in their local area.

Demi Lynch,

Announcer & Producer of 'The Nasty Woman Club Podcast'

Co-Producer & Co-Announcer of Radio 4EB program 'Fair Comment'

Former 102.1FM 4ZZZ Radio Announcer & Contributor

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