There have been a number of cases recently that have highlighted how the abortion law in Northern Ireland is different to the rest of the UK.
Unfortunately, this is a devolved issue and one that the Government in Westminster has no jurisdiction over. It is therefore up to the people of Northern Ireland and their elected representatives in Stormont to address the need for change.
I understand, however, that this year a judge in Belfast has granted permission for a judicial review to be heard over the prosecution of a mother, as he believed that the case raised issues of considerable public importance and public debate.
Where the government has the power to act, I am glad that we have done so, including the recent announcement from the Minister for Women and Equalities, Justine Greening, to open abortion services provided by the NHS in England, to women from Northern Ireland.
I will continue to follow this issue closely. Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.