Calls on May to ease abortion rules

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O'Neill leader of Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland holds up a placard as they celebrate the result of a referendum on liberalizing abortion law. Reuters

BELFAST (Reuters) – Hundreds of women’s rights activist rallied here on Monday to put pressure on British Prime Minister Theresa May to reform Northern Ireland’s highly restrictive abortion rules after neighbouring Ireland’s vote to liberalise its laws.

Voters in Ireland on Friday backed the removal of a constitutional abortion ban by two-to-one.

That leaves British-ruled Northern Ireland as the only part of the British Isles with a restrictive abortion regime, and May on Sunday faced calls from within her cabinet and the opposition to scrap Northern Ireland’s strict rules.

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