Details of equality impact assessment carried out in respect of abortion legislation

Eamon Dallett made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Health (Northern Ireland)

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Dear Department of Health (Northern Ireland),U

Under the Freedom of Information Act please provide me with the following information:

1. Details of Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) carried out in respect of the implementation of Abortion Legislation in Northern Ireland. What were it's terms of reference? What potential adverse effect were considered againt the requirements of the Northern Ireland Act?
2. Was an EQIA carried out?
3. If not carried out why was it not and was this not contrary to Equality Law in NI?
4. If one was carried out was it considered that the new regulations under the Abortion Legislation may run contrary to Disability Law?
5. Was it considered that the new Law and regulations under it may have an adverse impact in terms of Race?
6. Did EQIA indicate that the new Abortion Law may not be compatible with Northern Ireland Domestic Law?
7. Was Legal Advise on any equality issues sought from Departmental Solicitors? and was Department satisfied that the new Abortion Law was not potentially in conflict with NI Domestic Law?
8. Please provide any copies of any documents relevant to above questions.

Yours faithfully,

Eamon Dallett

DoH FOI, Department of Health (Northern Ireland)

Eamon

I have received your request for information below

However I’m not sure if you have seen the notice we have had to reluctantly place on the DoH website. If not, here is a link.

The staff who would be required to respond to your query below are all specifically engaged in Covid -19 work as well as others who have been re-deployed from their normal duties. Although we would not normally ask, would you consider withdrawing your request until the current situation eases?

Obviously if you want I can forward your request to the business area responsible for answering your request, however I must tell you that at this time it is unlikely that a response will be sent to you within the legislative timeframe

Please let me know what you decide and again apologises for having to ask you.

John McCann
Information Management Branch
DoH

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Dear DoH FOI,

I have seen the notice on department website but wish the Department to progress this request as soon as possible. This issue is every bit as important as other health issues that the Department is dealing with. Please confirm that you are progressing this

Yours sincerely,

Eamon Dallett

McCann, John (DOH), Department of Health (Northern Ireland)

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Eamon

We have received your Freedom of Information request and I attach your
acknowledgement letter and a Public Information Leaflet.

John McCann
Information Management Branch
Department of Health
Tel: 02890 528218

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McCann, John (DOH), Department of Health (Northern Ireland)

Eamon

Please accept our apologies but I have now been informed that the information you requested would not be held in the Department of Health.

You should re-direct your request to the address below:

Freedom of Information Manager
Stormont House
Belfast
Northern Ireland
BT4 3SH
United Kingdom
Email
[email address]

John McCann
IMB
DoH

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