Neither women's rights nor gay rights should be subject to a theocratic veto. But until Monday night abortion was effectively banned, even in some of the most
extreme circumstances, and same-sex marriage was not recognised in Northern Ireland.
We long campaigned for this to change – and in 2016 we raised the conflict between the restrictions on abortion and the UK's human rights commitments at the UN. So
we welcome the fact that these laws have now changed.
Elsewhere this week we've highlighted the case of an independent Islamic school which stayed open despite telling the government it had closed – generating some
coverage in prominent press outlets as a result.
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