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Abortion in Northern Ireland (2007)

The Abortion Act of 1967 has not been extended to Northern Ireland and abortion remains illegal here.

Response to draft guidance on termination of pregnancy in Northern Ireland

Adopting our Future (2006)

In 2006 the Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) launched its consultation on the review of adoption in Northern Ireland. Among the proposals were plans to introduce 'special guardianship' one step away from full adoption; make it easier for step-parents to adopt; allow couples in a civil partnership to adopt.

The consultation paper is available online on the Department's website at www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/adopting_the_future_16-6-06pdf.pdf

Download our response to the adoption consultation here

Alcohol and Drugs 2006 - 2011

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) sought views on its plans to reduce to reduce the level of alcohol and drug-related harm in Northern Ireland.

Response to the New Strategic Direction for Alcohol & Drugs 2006 - 2011

Betting & Gaming Law in Northern Ireland(2007)

In March 2007 The Department for Social Development consulted on proposals to relax restrictions on Sunday opening for betting offices and bingo halls.

Our response to consultation on betting & gaming law

Bill of Rights Forum (2006)

Evangelical Alliance response to NIHRC proposals on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland

Submission to Bill of Rights Forum: February 2008

Briefing Paper on Bill of Rights Forum

Charities Administration & Legislation

Briefing Paper: Charities Bill Northern Ireland February 2008

Response to Review of Charities Administration & Legislation 2005

"Getting Equal = Proposals to outlaw discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation in the provision of goods and services in Northern Ireland" (2006)

The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister launched this consultation to inform the introduction of regulations to outlaw sexual orientation discrimination by goods and services providers in both the public and private sectors. You can find a copy of the consultation document at www.ofmdfmni.gov.uk/gettingequal.pdf.

For more information download our briefing paper(pdf).

At the time Evangelical Alliance hosted a briefing and discussion session for church leaders in relation to this consultation. We also met with politicians and representatives from the Department to highlight our concerns. A copy of our response can be found here.

The regulations are now available on the Office of Public Sector Information website www.opsi.gov.uk/sr/sr200604.htm.

Exceptions are included for religious organisations and these are in relation to compliance with the doctrine of an organisation or to avoid conflicting with the strongly held religious convictions of a significant number of the religion’s followers. Find here a summary of the regulations.


Our response to Lord Morrow's Private member's Bill on Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Further measures for victims), October 2012.

Human Rights

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission consulted on its strategic plan 2006 - 2009.

Our response to NIHRC Strategic Plan 2006 - 2009

Liquor Licensing - the way forward: Government proposals to reform liquor licensing law in Northern Ireland

This consultation ended on 31 January 2006 and you can find a copy of our response here.

Review of Public Administration

Our response to Review of Public Administration September 2005

Sexual Offences in Northern Ireland: A consultative document (2006)

This consultation represented the first fundamental review and proposed reform of the law on sexual offences in Northern Ireland. The proposals included plans to lower the age of consent for all sexual activity to under age 16 for boys and girls (currently under age 17). To access the document go to www.nio.gov.uk/index/public-consultation/documents.htm.

Download our consultation response

Suicide Prevention Strategy (2005 Consultation)

Response to Consultation on the Northern Ireland Suicide Prevention Strategy