Home secretary says those women must have access to terminations in England as pressure mounts to scrap charging policy

Women from Northern Ireland must have access to terminations in England, the home secretary, Amber Rudd, has said as pressure mounted from Tory backbenchers for the government to reconsider its policy of charging the women for NHS abortions.

About a dozen Conservative MPs are understood to have expressed concerns about the situation in light of their party’s confidence and supply arrangement with the anti-abortion DUP.

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