UK: The fight against anti-abortion protesters harassing women

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The fight against anti-abortion protesters harassing women
13 October 2017
Kylie Noble

Ealing Council made a monumental move to stop the intimidating vigils at the west London Marie Stopes clinic

A London Borough has become the first local authority in Britain to potentially ban anti-choice protesters from outside an abortion clinic's premises - a move that would protect women from harassment and trauma, as they access vital, legal healthcare.

Councillors in Ealing voted majority, with two abstentions, to take “all necessary actions within its powers, utilising all necessary resources, to prevent anti-abortion protesters from intimidating and harassing women”, at the Marie Stopes clinic on Matlock Lane, west London.

Continued at source: http://www.dazeddigital.com/politics/article/37749/1/the-fight-against-anti-abortion-protesters-harassing-women

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Men Talk About Abortion Access in Northern Ireland

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Men Talk About Abortion Access in Northern Ireland #alliesforchoice from Alliance for Choice on Vimeo.

Sep 28, 2017

#alliesforchoice Alliance for Choice campaign for free, safe and legal abortion access in Northern Ireland. Over the summer, with NVTV, we brought together a diverse group of men and asked them what it means to be an ally of the #trustwomen campaign.
Watch our video to find out!

Source: https://vimeo.com/235954953

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UK: Do You Have A Right To An Abortion?

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Do You Have A Right To An Abortion?

By Michael Goldin
26th September 2017

Abortion can be an emotive topic. It’s also a human rights issue, falling within the area of reproductive rights.

It’s often an area of intense debate, and the rules even differ within the UK. In Northern Ireland, for example, you can only get an abortion where the mother’s life is in dander. This doesn’t include cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormalities.

Continued at source: https://rightsinfo.org/do-you-have-a-right-to-an-abortion/

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No prosecution risk for Northern Ireland medical staff over abortion referrals

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No prosecution risk for Northern Ireland medical staff over abortion referrals
Medical professionals told they will not face prosecution if they refer women to clinics in England and Wales for abortions

Amelia Gentleman
Thursday 7 September 2017

Medical staff in Northern Ireland have been told they will not face prosecution if they refer women to clinics in England and Wales for abortions, a development that campaigners say will ease the climate of fear under which many have been operating.

In a significant clarification of the law, the director of public prosecutions for Northern Ireland, Barra McGrory, has said he does “not see the issue of criminal liability arising in the context of NHS staff advising or informing patients of the availability of abortion services in England and Wales”.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/07/no-prosecution-risk-for-northern-ireland-medical-staff-over-abortion-referrals

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If Northern Irish women can now have an abortion in England, why not here?

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If Northern Irish women can now have an abortion in England, why not here?
A policy offering free terminations for those who can travel is a first step. Now we need to change the law for those who can’t
Pro-choice rally in Northern Ireland

Goretti Horgan
Tuesday 22 August 2017

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has declined to issue new guidance on abortion to doctors and other health professionals because “there has been no change to the law on abortion”. This is despite the fact that the situation clearly has changed since women from the region can now access free, NHS abortions in England.

This stubborn refusal to recognise the reality of women’s reproductive healthcare needs is concerning because it ignores the fact that, at present, GPs in Northern Ireland are not permitted to purchase procedures outside Northern Ireland “that would be illegal in Northern Ireland”. This prohibition clearly needs to be updated to take account of the new situation.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/22/women-northern-ireland-abortion-reproductive-rights-westminster-change-law

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Belfast branch of Marie Stopes to start charging for abortion care again

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Belfast branch of Marie Stopes to start charging for abortion care again

August 19 2017

The Belfast branch of the Marie Stopes charity will no longer be waiving fees for abortion services for women in Northern Ireland.

In June, following a Labour-led push for a change in the law, the British government announced that fees for women from Northern Ireland travelling to England to undergo abortion procedures would be lifted.

Continued at link: Belfast Telegraph: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/belfast-branch-of-marie-stopes-to-start-charging-for-abortion-care-again-36048559.html

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Belfast abortion clinic ‘disappointed’ by Westminster’s refusal of funding

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Belfast abortion clinic ‘disappointed’ by Westminster’s refusal of funding

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland News Reporter
August 19 2017, The Times

An abortion clinic has said it is “disappointed” that the UK government will not cover the cost of abortions for Northern Irish women who access the procedure in Belfast.

Westminster yesterday refused to clarify to The Times that the DUP, its anti-abortion coalition partner, had influenced the decision.

Continued at source: The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/belfast-abortion-clinic-disappointed-by-westminsters-refusal-of-funding-69npw8wlf

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UK: Stella Creasy criticises NI Health Department on abortion

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Stella Creasy criticises NI Health Department on abortion
By Mark Devenport BBC News NI Political Editor

8 August 2017

A Labour MP has strongly criticised Northern Ireland's Department of Health for not updating abortion guidance to health professionals.

Stella Creasy played a crucial role in changing government policy on NI women seeking abortions in England.

She told a discussion at the West Belfast Festival she was "absolutely horrified" by the department's stance.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-40867182

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Northern Ireland: This anti-abortion hijacking of Black Lives Matter is cynical and offensive

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This anti-abortion hijacking of Black Lives Matter is cynical and offensive
Both Lives Matter has got away with a misleading ad. But using the language of human rights can’t hide its true agenda: subjugating women

Elizabeth Nelson
Friday 4 August 2017

It’s a fairly large number, 100,000, but nice and round. Easy to compute. Most of us could even divide it by 10, at a push. Apparently it is this convenient roundedness that led the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) this week to dismiss complaints about recent claims on a billboard that Northern Ireland’s abortion laws have saved “100,000” lives. In its statement, the ASA said: “We considered that 100,000 was a large, round number that readers would typically associate with estimates” – and was therefore unproblematic.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/04/anti-abortion-hijack-black-lives-matter-both-lives-matter-advert-northern-ireland

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British attitudes to abortion

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British attitudes to abortion

Posted on 03 August 2017
by Eleanor Attar Taylor, Senior Researcher

This year marks 50 years since abortions became legally available (under certain circumstances) in Britain and yet the issue is still making headlines. While concerns were voiced that abortion rights could be restricted as part of a Conservative deal with the DUP, in June, abortions for Northern Irish women travelling to Britain were made free on the NHS, a move spearheaded by Stella Creasy MP. And in March, Diana Johnson MP won the right to introduce a bill to fully decriminalise abortion, in an attempt to move away from current law which technically means a woman who ends her own pregnancy could face life imprisonment.

So how does the British public view abortions? And are these moves towards a more liberal legal approach to abortions likely to be popular among the public?

Continued at source: NatCen: http://natcen.ac.uk/blog/british-attitudes-to-abortion

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