N. Ireland – Change to North’s abortion laws recommended by working group

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Change to North’s abortion laws recommended by working group
Report supports alowing terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormality

April 25, 2018
Amanda Ferguson

A justice and health working group has recommended a change to Northern Ireland’s abortion laws to allow terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormality.

A report, published on Wednesday following a Freedom of Information request, was commissioned in 2016 by the then Stormont health and justice ministers, with a view to informing Executive policy deliberations.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/change-to-north-s-abortion-laws-recommended-by-working-group-1.3473879

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Ireland – McDonald says abortion law in NI should be ‘in kilter’ with Republic

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McDonald says abortion law in NI should be ‘in kilter’ with Republic
Sinn Féin launches party campaign in favour of repeal ahead of the May ‘date with destiny’

April 20, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Sinn Féin will seek to harmonise abortion laws across the country if the Eighth Amendment is removed from the Constitution.

Abortion is banned in almost all circumstances in Northern Ireland, while in the Republic it is permitted only when a mother’s life is at risk.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/mcdonald-says-abortion-law-in-ni-should-be-in-kilter-with-republic-1.3467592

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UK – Without At-Home Abortion Pills, Women Risk Miscarrying In Public

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Without At-Home Abortion Pills, Women Risk Miscarrying In Public
Wales announced plans to follow Scotland and allow women to take the second abortion pill at home - when will the rest of the UK join?

19/04/2018
By Rachel Moss

Beth Redmond, 25, from Merseyside, was in her first year of university when she became pregnant and decided to have an abortion. Miles from home, with no close friends and family nearby, she was forced to pay someone from her course, whom she barely knew, £20 to drive her the 45-minute journey to the abortion clinic, because her doctor had advised her against taking public transport.

As soon as Beth left the clinic her miscarriage symptoms began, she experienced pain and heavy bleeding. “It was like period pain but 10 times worse, and with the added anxiety of being in a near stranger’s car, for 45 minutes,” she tells HuffPost UK. “I crawled from the car to my room and stayed there for a couple of days.”

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/women-are-risking-miscarrying-in-public-because-at-home-abortion-pills-are-illegal_uk_5ad7059ce4b0e4d0715b7bf0

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This Is Why Women In England Can’t Take Abortion Pills At Home

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This Is Why Women In England Can't Take Abortion Pills At Home
In England it is illegal to take abortion pills at home. This has nothing to do with clinical advice and everything to do with politics, say experts.

by Vicky Spratt
18 04 2018

Across the United Kingdom (with the exception of Northern Ireland) abortion has been legal since the 1967 Abortion Act came into force. However, many experts argue that it’s still not as accessible as it could be.

When Sarah (not her real name) was 16 she accidentally became pregnant and decided to have an abortion. At the time, she was living in a commuter belt town where South London meets the Surrey Hills. She recalls how her GP referred her to a London clinic for a medical abortion (which involves taking pills as opposed to undergoing a surgical procedure).

continued: https://thedebrief.co.uk/news/politics/buy-abortion-pills-abortion-at-home/

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The coming battle to liberalise abortion—in Britain

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The coming battle to liberalise abortion—in Britain
While the Republic of Ireland prepares for a referendum on the 8th amendment, British activists are gearing up to fight their own battle for liberalisation

by Sian Norris
April 12, 2018

At the end of May, Ireland is set to become the latest European country to legalise abortion. A referendum to repeal the country’s 8th Amendment could lead to the end of restrictive laws which, according to the United Nations, violate women’s human rights. That would leave just two European nations where abortion remains illegal: Malta and Northern Ireland. But there are three other nations in Europe that retain highly restrictive laws which criminalise abortion unless performed under certain circumstances. And one of those is Great Britain.

There is a widespread assumption in this country that the 1967 Abortion Act, part of Roy Jenkins’s raft of reforms which created the “permissive society,” decriminalised abortion in England, Scotland and Wales. That’s not strictly accurate. The 1967 Act provided exemptions under which women would not be prosecuted according to the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act.

Continued: https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/the-coming-battle-to-liberalise-abortion-in-britain

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Belfast council passes abortion pills motion against prosecutions

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Belfast council passes abortion pills motion against prosecutions
Councillors denounce court cases of women in Northern Ireland who procure pills online

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Mon 9 Apr 2018

Belfast city council has passed a motion condemning the arrest and attempted prosecution of women in Northern Ireland who procure abortion pills online.

The motion denounced cases such as the one involving a mother who obtained abortion pills for her 15-year-old daughter after her child was raped. The mother faces prosecution in a court case in Belfast next month.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/09/belfast-council-to-debate-abortion-pills-motion-northern-ireland

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Ireland – Women feel need for abortion ‘cover stories’ for work, survey author says

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Women feel need for abortion ‘cover stories’ for work, survey author says
Four in five respondents say women’s health should be priority in reform of abortion law

March 23, 2018
Olivia Kelleher

Irish women undergoing abortions feel under pressure to create a “cover story” for the workplace which is adding to their burden and stigma, an author of a survey on abortion has said.

Fiona Bloomer of the University of Ulster said the research, carried out on behalf of the Alliance for Choice, found that women in Ireland feel they have to come up with an excuse for their absence from work when they are taking time off to have an abortion.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/women-feel-need-for-abortion-cover-stories-for-work-survey-author-says-1.3437162

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The doctor who brought abortion out of the shadows in Ireland

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The doctor who brought abortion out of the shadows in Ireland
Rebecca Gomperts helps women who can’t terminate pregnancies under the law.

by Jillian Deutsch
3/20/18

AMSTERDAM — Abortion may be illegal in Ireland, but it is already a reality for thousands of women in the country because of packets of pills openly smuggled in by a Dutch doctor and activist called Rebecca Gomperts.

So as Ireland gets ready to hold a referendum on May 25 on whether to legalize the termination of pregnancies in one of the last European countries to ban it, there is already broad consensus among the country’s politicians that it’s time to bring abortion out of the shadows.

Continued: https://www.politico.eu/article/ireland-referendum-abortion-rebecca-gomperts-a-hard-pill-to-swallow-in-ireland/

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Government ‘using devolution as an excuse’ to avoid abortion reform in Northern Ireland, campaigners warn

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Government 'using devolution as an excuse' to avoid abortion reform in Northern Ireland, campaigners warn
Exclusive: Theresa May accused of being ‘held hostage’ by DUP

Lizzy Buchan Political Correspondent
March 16, 2018

The Government is using “devolution as an excuse” to avoid liberalising abortion laws in Northern Ireland, campaigners claim, saying Theresa May is being “held hostage” by her alliance with the DUP.

Ministers have been accused of “extraordinary” inconsistency in their stance, after parliamentary questions revealed that the UK Government might consider imposing same-sex marriage in the province but that it would not intervene on the issue of abortion.

Continued: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/government-devolution-northern-ireland-abortion-reform-theresa-may-dup-a8258841.html

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Abortion rights in Ireland, north and south of the border

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Abortion rights in Ireland, north and south of the border
Readers respond to Suzanne Moore’s piece about the ongoing fight for the right to legal abortion

Letters
Thu 8 Mar 2018

Irish women have been travelling to Britain for abortions for decades. In 1975, when I was a young English woman working as a union officer in Dublin, a desperate male friend asked how his wife’s 15-year-old sister could get an abortion (We must never stop fighting for the right to legal abortion, 8 March). Without knowledge of or access to contraception, her first sexual foray had left her pregnant. As a Brit, it was assumed I knew how to use my own country’s still new abortion law.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/08/abortion-rights-in-ireland-north-and-south-of-the-border

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