Sarah Ewart deserves to be commended for her “courage and conviction,” Paula Bradshaw MLA has said.
Ms Bradshaw joined several party colleagues in speaking after the High Court ruled abortion law here breached the UK’s human rights commitments, following a case taken by Ms Ewart. Impending legislation will decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland is no Assembly is reformed by October 21.
“This is a welcome outcome and I commend Sarah Ewart and her family for their courage and conviction in pursuing this through the courts,” said Ms Bradshaw.
“However, I sincerely wish they had never been put through this traumatic situation in the first place. While abortion is a conscience issue for Alliance, the weight of public opinion here shows the law needs a fundamental change.”
Stephen Farry MLA said: “This is welcome news but it is a shame the Assembly didn’t address this when it had the chance, despite the efforts of some MLAs. Today’s ruling reinforces the basis for Westminster legislating in the absence of a functioning Assembly, reflecting fundamental issues around rights and equality.”
“Sarah has always been in my thoughts for her brave and principled stance,” added Stewart Dickson MLA.
“I supported her with an amendment to the last Justice Bill in the Assembly, which was sadly voted down. However, I am delighted she has taken another step on the road to justice today.”
Councillor Nuala McAllister said while she was pleased with the news, it was “six years too late” for Sarah Ewart.
“However, this is now maybe a comfort to any woman who might be faced with similar devastating news. That is what Sarah has now helped secure for the women of Northern Ireland.”