Pro-choice demonstrators take part in a march in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Sept. 7. REUTERS/JOHN SIBLEY Abortion rights were long opposed inNorthern Ireland by religious conservatives in both the Protestant communitythat supports continued British rule and the Catholic community that favorsunion with the traditionally Catholic Irish Republic.(Reuters) BELFAST – Campaigners, who fought fordecades to end Northern Ireland’s same sex-marriage ban and restrictions onabortion, have prepared for a change to the laws on both. Advocacy groups planned a number ofevents on Monday to usher in the changes. Northern Ireland is the only part ofthe United Kingdom that does not allow same-sex marriage. Unlike England,Scotland and Wales, laws in Northern Ireland forbid abortion except where a mother’slife is at risk, bans that have been upheld by the region’s block ofconservative politicians.
The Hudson’s Hope RCMP detachment has confirmed that Highway 29 to Hudson’s Hope has been reopened to single-lane alternating traffic, after last night’s single vehicle accident.The detachment was first called to the scene at about 7:45 last night. Constable Tammy Howard says a semi-trailer rolled near Farrell Creek, causing the highway to be closed for a brief time. The semi’s driver was taken to the Fort St. John hospital for further examination.Constable Howard says speed may have been a factor in the accident.- Advertisement -Howard says she expects the highway to be fully reopened at around 8:00 tonight.