Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has said today's vote at Westminster on the introduction of the abortion regulations is proof that Parliament has not listened to the views of Northern Ireland and has not respected the devolution settlement.
Commenting, the DUP MP said, "This vote ultimately legislates for the commissioning of abortion services in Northern Ireland. It is a process that commenced when there was no functioning Assembly or Executive to take such decisions. That was the key rationale given at the time for why Parliament was taking action in an area which is a wholly devolved matter.
We have seen clearly where other arguments claiming intervention was necessary because of international law have been demonstrated to be spurious. The CEDAW Committee report is not binding and does not constitute international obligations.
Devolution has now been restored and there is already Private Members Legislation tabled at Stormont in relation to the abortion issue. The Northern Ireland Assembly is the place where such debates should happen and such decisions should be taken. The DUP has been consistent and united in our call to repeal Section 9 of the abortion legislation and allow this to be decided upon in Northern Ireland.
This evening's vote is a further signal that Parliament has not listened to the views from Northern Ireland and ultimately has not respected the devolution settlement. MPs from across the House should recognise the enormous damage this has caused and the message it has sent out about devolution in Northern Ireland."