Votes: Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations

On 15th June 2020 two votes took place on the Government’s Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations. Eight bishops took part across both Divisions of the House. The debate can be read here.

House of Lords Division Lobby

The first vote was on an amendment from Baroness O’Loan, to negative the Regulations:

Baroness O’Loan moved, as an amendment to the motion to approve the Regulations, leave out from “that” to the end, and insert “this House declines to approve the Regulations because they (1) have been rejected by the Northern Ireland Assembly, (2) are legally flawed by being in breach of section 6 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, (3) do not prohibit abortion on the grounds of non-fatal disability, (4) perpetuate stereotypes towards persons with disabilities, including Down’s syndrome, and (5) do not prohibit abortion on the grounds of sex selection during the first twelve weeks of gestation, as is the case in Great Britain, and therefore perpetuate negative stereotypes and prejudices towards women.”

The amendment was rejected by 112 to 388 votes.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishops of Blackburn, Carlisle,  Coventry, Durham, Peterborough, Winchester and Worcester voted for the amendment.

No bishop voted against.


The second vote was on a Motion to agree the Regulations without amendment.

The Regulations were passed by a vote of 355 to 77.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and Bishops of Blackburn, Carlisle,  Coventry, Durham, Peterborough and Winchester voted against the Regulations.

No bishop voted to approve them.