NI women get abortion right in Tory U-turn
The UK government has avoided a Commons defeat by agreeing to will give Northern Irish women access to terminations on the NHS in Britain.
Theresa May's minority government made the late U-turn on abortion funding yesterday.
Labour MP Stella Creasy had tabled an amendment to the Queen's Speech calling for "adequate funding" to ensure free access to abortions in England for women arriving from the North.
But the Walthamstow MP withdrew her proposal after the government confirmed it intended to fund access.
Chancellor Philip Hammond was required to confirm the government's intention to fund abortions in England for women arriving from Northern Ireland, amid growing pressure from MPs of all parties.
Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland overturned a landmark verdict that the country's near-blanket ban on abortions is incompatible with human rights laws.
Senior judges said the issue should be dealt with instead by the Stormont Assembly.