N.Ireland: Stormont refuses to update guidance to health workers on abortion referrals

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Stormont refuses to update guidance to health workers on abortion referrals
Grainne Teggart, Northern Ireland campaign manager for Amnesty International

Brendan Hughes
09 December, 2017

STORMONT officials have refused to update guidance for health workers following the British government's decision to give Northern Ireland women free access to NHS abortions in England.

Since June, women in the north have been allowed free abortion services in England, while a similar change was introduced last month in Scotland.

Continued at source: https://www.irishnews.com/news/2017/12/09/news/stormont-refuses-to-update-guidance-to-health-workers-on-abortion-referrals-1206417/

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Council of Europe warns on backlash to abortion access

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Council of Europe warns on backlash to abortion access

By Caterina Tani
BRUSSELS, Dec 6, 2017

A backlash against access to abortion in some EU member states in the past few years is "deeply troubling", the Council of Europe warned on Tuesday (5 December).

In the majority of EU countries abortions are legal, but in some states a wave of "retrogressive restrictions" are threatening women's health and well-being, the European human rights organisation's report said.

Continued at source: https://euobserver.com/health/140158

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N.Ireland: Abortion rights charity Marie Stopes to shut Belfast clinic

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Abortion rights charity Marie Stopes to shut Belfast clinic
Clinic has been scene of anti-abortion protests since it opened in 2012

Dec 5, 2017
Amanda Ferguson

Marie Stopes UK is closing its independent clinic in Belfast on December 8th, following the British government’s move earlier this year to fund abortions for women from Northern Ireland.

In a statement, it said the decision would enable the charity to “focus its resources so that Northern Irish women can better access funded treatment in England”.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/abortion-rights-charity-marie-stopes-to-shut-belfast-clinic-1.3316902

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New report on women’s health criticises Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws

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New report on women’s health criticises Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws
European Commissioner for Human Rights focuses on laws in Republic and North

Dec 5, 2017
Seán Dunne

A new report published by the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights has questioned Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws.

The report, ‘Women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in Europe’, examines women’s health within the EU and looks at abortion services.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/new-report-on-women-s-health-criticises-ireland-s-restrictive-abortion-laws-1.3316324

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N.Ireland: DUP councillor supports gay marriage and abortion law reform

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DUP councillor supports gay marriage and abortion law reform
John Scott with Arlene Foster, pictured in Co Fermanagh during the Westminster election campaign when unionist parties backed the UUP's Tom Elliott

Brendan Hughes
28 November, 2017

Former Alliance councillor Vasundhara Kamble declined to give her personal view on same-sex marriage

A NEW DUP councillor has voiced his support for same-sex marriage and reforming Northern Ireland's abortion laws.

John Scott, who sits on Antrim and Newtownabbey council, said the law on abortion "should be relaxed".

Continued at source: https://www.irishnews.com/news/2017/11/28/news/dup-councillor-supports-gay-marriage-and-abortion-law-reform-1198415/

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UK: Supreme Court judge disagreed with abortion ruling

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Supreme Court judge disagreed with abortion ruling

By Vincent Kearney, BBC News NI Home Affairs Correspondent
27 November 2017

The president of the UK's highest court has said she disagreed with its decision to reject an appeal for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal from a mother and daughter by a narrow majority.

One of those who dissented was Lady Hale, the president of the court.

Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-42135034

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UK: Remove risk of jail for having an abortion, demand 16,000 medics

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Remove risk of jail for having an abortion, demand 16,000 medics
Kat Lay Health Correspondent

November 23 2017

Abortion in the UK should be fully decriminalised, a group of medical professionals will say today in a landmark move.

The country faces a “crisis point in abortion provision” and reform of the law is needed, the president of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, which represents 16,000 GPs, specialists, nurses and midwives, will warn.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/remove-risk-of-jail-for-having-an-abortion-demand-16-000-medics-fkvgnnl2x

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Ireland: Amnesty welcomes Sinn Féin Ard Fheis policy change on access to abortion

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Amnesty welcomes Sinn Féin Ard Fheis policy change on access to abortion
Nov 18, 2017

Amnesty International has welcomed today’s passing of a motion at Sinn Féin’s Ard Fheis which extends the party’s support for abortion access to when a woman or girl’s physical or mental health is at risk.

The motion also reasserts their opposition to the criminalisation of women who make the decision to have an abortion. It also commits the party to developing a women’s health policy, which takes into consideration the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on access to abortion in the Republic of Ireland.

Continued at source: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/amnesty-welcomes-sinn-fein-ard-fheis-policy-change-access-abortion

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UK: Abortion is still illegal in this country

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Abortion is still illegal in this country
Fifty years after the Abortion Act, women are still dying from being denied basic services, write activists from Feminist Fightback

November 15, 2017

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act, activists from Feminist Fightback found ourselves dressed as flight attendants, transforming the London Overground into the cabin of an Abortion Airlines Boeing 67. We distributed our own version of inflight safety cards and presented a special inflight safety announcement, advising passengers that ‘the exits…lead to an unsafe backstreet abortion and possible death…please assume the brace position for the duration of this Abortion Airlines flight”. We were met with whoops and cheers from passengers who, like us, are appalled by the fact that the Act still does not extend to the North of Ireland and that at least two people per day have to board a flight to travel to England to terminate a pregnancy. Fifty years on from the Abortion Act there are still people living in the UK denied this basic human right. This includes many migrants who, as NHS charges are introduced and health workers legally obligated to check immigration status, are deterred from accessing both abortion and maternity services.

Continued at source: http://www.redpepper.org.uk/abortion-is-still-illegal-in-this-country/

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Conference: Abortion in the British Isles, France and North America since 1800

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Abortion in the British Isles, France and North America since 1800
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Announcement published by Claire CHARLOT on Monday, November 6, 2017
Type: Call for Papers
Date: November 6, 2018 to November 8, 2018
Location: France
Subject Fields: Social History / Studies, American History / Studies, Canadian History / Studies, British History / Studies, French History / Studies

International Conference organised by the University of Paris-Sorbonne (France), 6-8 November 2018.

Conveners: Claire Charlot, Adrien Lherm (Paris-Sorbonne, HDEA EA 4086), and Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq (University François Rabelais, Tours, ICD EA 6297).

Around the world, 2018 will mark the anniversary of a series of events relating to the decriminalisation of abortion: the enforcement of the UK Abortion Act 1967 (50 years), the US Supreme Court ruling of Roe vs. Wade (45 years), and the Canada Supreme Court ruling of R. v. Morgentaler (25 years). The Republic of Ireland is also planning a referendum on the possible repeal of Article 8 of its Constitution which, if approved, would lead to the decriminalisation of abortion there too. In addition, shortly after the British General Election of 2017, Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced that women from Northern Ireland (currently excluded from the British Abortion Act) would be allowed to travel to mainland Britain to secure an abortion on the National Health Service.

Continued at source: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/748433/abortion-british-isles-france-and-north-america-1800

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