The government has published guidance for healthcare professionals on abortion law in Northern Ireland.

The new guidelines cover the period from 22 October to 31 March 2020.

They set out what will happen following changes to the law after 21 October, if the NI Executive is not restored.

The guidance states that no criminal charges can be brought against those who have an abortion, or against health care professionals who provide and assist in an abortion.

The government said it has made arrangements to support women resident in Northern Ireland wishing to access services under the existing travel scheme.

Health professionals will be given information about funded services in England.

If a woman approaches them and is considering an abortion, they should give her number for the Central Booking

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