May resists Tory calls to act on Northern Ireland abortion

PM understood to have told MPs in private meeting that political climate makes reforms impossible

Theresa May is unwilling to act to change restrictive abortion rules in Northern Ireland, telling a private meeting of Conservative MPs that the political climate made change impossible.

The prime minister was warned she would face escalating backbench pressure to offer a referendum or extend the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland, which has some of the most restrictive rules on abortion in the world.

Related: MPs call for Theresa May to permit poll on abortion in Northern Ireland

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