Rights groups seek commitment from UK government as Theresa May holds talks with anti-abortion DUP

More than 700 women came from Northern Ireland to England for an abortion in 2016, obliged to travel because the procedure remains illegal in most circumstances in the region.

Figures released by the Department of Health on Tuesday will attract renewed attention to Northern Ireland’s very restrictive abortion legislation as Theresa May prepares to hold talks with the leader of the Democratic Unionist party, Arlene Foster, about a deal to allow the Conservatives to govern the UK.

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