Women from North will have access to abortion, pledges Simon Harris

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Women from North will have access to abortion, pledges Simon Harris

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
August 8 2018

Simon Harris has warned the main parties in Northern Ireland that access to abortion won’t stop at the border.

The health minister told the Féile an Phobail event in Belfast last night that he was planning to “ensure” that women in Northern Ireland, where abortion is still banned in almost all circumstances, will be able to access terminations through the Irish health service.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/women-from-north-will-have-access-to-abortion-pledges-simon-harris-nfhw0jsmn

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Northern Irish Women’s Abortion Access Will Change In A Huge Way Thanks To The Republic Of Ireland

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Northern Irish Women's Abortion Access Will Change In A Huge Way Thanks To The Republic Of Ireland

By Sarah Friedmann
Aug 7, 2018

Back in May of this year, Ireland voted to repeal its highly restrictive abortion ban, allowing many more women the ability to exercise their reproductive rights. However, while abortion did become legal in the Republic of Ireland following the referendum, the procedure remains illegal in Northern Ireland, which is a separate country. Nonetheless, Northern Irish Women's abortion access is still going to improve following the Republic's referendum, as the country has promised to allow women from the North to similarly obtain the procedure.

Continued: https://www.bustle.com/p/northern-irish-womens-abortion-access-will-change-in-a-huge-way-thanks-to-the-republic-of-ireland-10033626

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Can you really be jailed for abortion in Northern Ireland?

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Can you really be jailed for abortion in Northern Ireland?

By Patrick Worrall
25 Jul 2018

The claim
“In Northern Ireland, if you are raped and you have become pregnant and you seek a termination, as a result you could face a longer prison sentence than the person who attacked you.” - Stella Creasy, 23 July 2018

The background
Campaigners are calling for the UK government to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland.

Continued: https://www.channel4.com/news/factcheck/factcheck-can-you-really-be-jailed-for-abortion-in-northern-ireland

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UK politicians call for Northern Ireland abortion reforms

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UK politicians call for Northern Ireland abortion reforms
Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where abortion is illegal unless pregnancy poses a serious health risk.

22 Jul 2018

More than 170 politicians from the UK and Ireland have signed a letter calling on the UK government to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland.

The cross-party letter, published in UK newspaper The Sunday Times, said the "current situation for women [in Northern Ireland] cannot be ignored or allowed to continue".

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/uk-politicians-call-northern-ireland-abortion-reforms-180722081907466.html

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UK – Allowing women to take the abortion pill at home would be a great first step for Matt Hancock – and for the NHS

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Allowing women to take the abortion pill at home would be a great first step for Matt Hancock – and for the NHS
Women, after taking the pill in a clinic, have to race home before their miscarriage starts. They often suffer heavy bleeding and cramping before they get there

Rachael Revesz
July 22, 2018

Let’s get straight to the point. Women need the new health secretary, Matt Hancock, to act now.

If he wants to reverse the damage caused by his predecessor to women’s health and to the NHS in general, he needs to move quickly. Another cabinet reshuffle is only around the corner.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/matt-hancock-health-secretary-abortion-pills-at-home-legal-law-nhs-a8458511.html

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Rise in women travelling from Northern Ireland to England for abortions

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Rise in women travelling from Northern Ireland to England for abortions
Campaigners say having different abortion laws on either side of Irish border breaches Good Friday agreement

James Tapper
Sat 21 Jul 2018

The number of women travelling from Northern Ireland to have an abortion in England has jumped dramatically since the government set up a special hotline in March.

A total of 342 women and girls – including at least one 12-year-old – went to England for a termination through the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) in the three months since March: a significant increase on the 190 women who travelled to use the same service in the previous nine months.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/21/women-travelling-from-northern-ireland-to-england-for-abortions

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NI anti-abortion activists warn MPs over Westminster interference

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NI anti-abortion activists warn MPs over Westminster interference

Jul 18th 2018

Anti-abortion activists from Northern Ireland have warned MPs that any move to change the region's laws at Westminster would cripple devolution.

Campaigners travelled to London on Wednesday to make clear their opposition to any relaxation of Northern Ireland's strict legal position on terminations.

Continued: https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/07/18/ni-anti-abortion-activists-warn-mps-over-westminster-interferenc/?guccounter=1

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Criminalised abortion in UK obstructs reflective choice and best care

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Criminalised abortion in UK obstructs reflective choice and best care

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2928
Published 09 July 2018
Sandy Goldbeck-Wood, Abigail Aiken, David Horwell, Oskari Heikinheimo, Ganesh Acharya, editorial board of BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health

Theresa May could seize this opportunity for evidence based reform

The recent decisions to liberalise abortion laws in the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man1 have put pressure on the British prime minister, Theresa May, to consider decriminalising abortion in the UK. Although she believes “that a woman should be able to access safe, legal abortion,”2 she has not yet acted to initiate amendment of the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act—perhaps in fear of Northern Ireland's anti-abortion Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), on which her minority government depends.

Continued: https://www.bmj.com/content/362/bmj.k2928

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Northern Ireland one of ‘most restrictive abortion regimes’

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Northern Ireland one of 'most restrictive abortion regimes'
Ban, including in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality, sees women travel to England for procedure.

Alasdair Soussiby Alasdair Soussi
3 Jul 2018

Ashleigh Topley, from Portadown, Northern Ireland, recalled a harrowing stage in her own pregnancy when she was "willing her [child's] heart to stop" so she could begin the grieving process.

At her 20-week scan in 2013, Topley was told that her baby had a fatal foetal abnormality and would not survive outside the womb.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/northern-ireland-europe-restrictive-abortion-regimes-180702204715776.html

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Northern Ireland – Anti-abortion group targets North via Google

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Anti-abortion group targets North via Google

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
June 22 2018

An anti-abortion crisis pregnancy agency is targeting women in Northern Ireland after last month’s referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

Ask Majella, which is run by Human Life International Ireland, was previously exposed giving misleading “advice”. Activists were secretly recorded by The Times claiming that abortion causes breast cancer and could result in women losing their reproductive organs and that sex could kill.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/anti-abortion-group-targets-north-via-google-s33v0x3lk

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