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Naomi Long tweets support for decriminalisation of abortion

Alliance leader Naomi Long

ALLIANCE leader Naomi Long has appeared to offer her support for a 24-week limit for abortions in line with Britain.

In a Twitter post she praised Alliance councillor Eóin Tennyson, who said the "point of viability" for foetuses is "generally accepted to be around 24 weeks".

Mrs Long wrote "well said", in response to Mr Tennyson's tweet.

"In the UK, 91% of abortions happen in the first 13 weeks, 7% between 13 and 19 and just 2% beyond 20 weeks," he wrote.

"Later term abortions tend to be for medical reasons in much-wanted pregnancies."

The Alliance Party does not have an official policy on abortion, including term limits.

A spokesman previously told The Irish News abortion is "a conscience issue for members".

Mrs Long could not be contacted for further comment yesterday.

Terminations are legal in Northern Ireland for the first time after the law changed earlier this week.

However, an abortion service will not be set up until the completion of a public consultation, due to be launched in the coming days.

The consultation is likely to cover how far into a pregnancy a woman can access a termination.

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