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Abortion act may include NI nurses

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Nurses in Northern Ireland may be allowed to assist with terminations of pregnancy.

An amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, if passed, would extend the 1967 Abortion Act across the UK. Proposed by six cross-party MPs, it could be voted on in the next session of parliament.

The RCN’s NI branch has no official position on this possible move. ‘We believe that any decision should be fully debated by the elected representatives in Northern Ireland’s devolved administration,’ said the college’s NI director Mary Hinds.

In a landmark move last October the college recommended that nurses in the rest of the UK be allowed to perform early surgical and medical terminations.

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