Ireland’s first report on abortion shows huge progress, but some women still forced to travel

Amnesty International
30th June 2020

In response to the publication today of the 2019 Annual report on abortion statistics by the outgoing Minister for Health, Amnesty welcomes the progress made for the 6,666 pregnant people who were able to access free, safe and legal abortion care in this country.

“Last year, 6,666 women and girls were able to receive abortion care within our own health system. To go from a country that exiled women seeking abortions two years ago, to one that is caring for them at home is such an important step forward. There are some wide variations in the numbers across counties, though. The new government must ensure abortion services are available and accessible to all pregnant people in the state,” said Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland.

Continued: https://www.amnesty.ie/irelands-first-report-on-abortion-shows-huge-progress-but-some-women-still-forced-to-travel/


Northern Ireland drags feet on abortion a year after UK orders roll-out

Northern Ireland drags feet on abortion a year after UK orders roll-out

Amanda Ferguson
June 24, 2020

BELFAST (Reuters) - Almost a year after the British parliament voted to legalise abortion in Northern Ireland, one of the last regions in Western Europe with a ban, women there face gaps in provision due to renewed local political roadblocks.

The region's socially conservative health minister Robin Swann has declined to order the health service to provide abortions, commission information campaigns, and also declined to introduce emergency telemedicine measures offered in the rest of the United Kingdom during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/world/northern-ireland-drags-feet-on-abortion-a-year-after-uk-orders-roll-out-465720/


Abortion: NI regulations pass final Westminster vote

Abortion: NI regulations pass final Westminster vote

17 June 2020

Abortion regulations which came into effect in Northern Ireland in March have passed their final legislative hurdle in Westminster.

The laws were drafted in 2019 before the restoration of devolution at Stormont.

They allow for terminations in the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy and in some other limited circumstances.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-53081992


Abortion: House of Lords backs NI regulations

Abortion: House of Lords backs NI regulations

15 June 2020

The House of Lords has overwhelmingly backed abortion regulations for Northern Ireland despite opposition by the Stormont Assembly.

Peers supported the provisions by 355 votes to 77.

An earlier bid led by independent crossbencher Baroness O'Loan for the regulations to be rejected was defeated by 388 votes to 112.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-53057831


Doctors accused of blocking abortions in Northern Ireland despite legalisation

Doctors accused of blocking abortions in Northern Ireland despite legalisation
Patients forced to buy pills online or go overseas for terminations

Lucy Mansfield
Published on Sat 13 Jun 2020

Women seeking abortions in Northern Ireland are still struggling to access services. Although abortion was legalised more than two months ago, claims persist that healthcare professionals are refusing to treat patients.

A leading reproductive rights group and a doctors’ organisation say that GPs are refusing to refer pregnant women to hospital services so they can access the tablets needed to undergo a medical abortion. They are also aware of midwives and nurses refusing to care for patients before and after the procedure.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/13/doctors-accused-of-blocking-abortions-in-northern-ireland-despite-legalisation


New Northern Ireland abortion rules voted in by MPs must be accepted at Assembly, says minister

New Northern Ireland abortion rules voted in by MPs must be accepted at Assembly, says minister

George Ryan
June 05 2020

Stormont must accept new regulations on abortion made in Westminster despite them being rejected by the Assembly, the Northern Ireland minister has announced.

MPs voted last July to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland if the Stormont Assembly was not up and running by October.

Continued: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/new-northern-ireland-abortion-rules-voted-in-by-mps-must-be-accepted-at-assembly-says-minister-39260793.html


UK – Labour MP contributes to abortion debate with her baby in her arms

Labour MP contributes to abortion debate with her baby in her arms
Labour’s Stella Creasy was targeted by anti-abortion campaigners during her pregnancy last year.

June 4, 2020

A Labour MP has contributed to a debate on abortion regulation in Northern Ireland while cradling her baby daughter in her arms.

Labour’s Stella Creasy, who has long campaigned for abortion to be decriminalised in Northern Ireland, warned that devolution “doesn’t absolve us of our responsibility to uphold the human rights of every UK citizen”.

Continued: https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2020/06/04/labour-mp-contributes-to-abortion-debate-with-her-baby-in-her-arms/


Abortion: Assembly rejects recent changes to NI laws

Abortion: Assembly rejects recent changes to NI laws

By Jayne McCormack
BBC News NI Political Reporter
June 2, 2020

The NI Assembly has voted to pass a motion to reject recent changes to abortion laws in Northern Ireland. New abortion regulations drawn up by Westminster came into force in March after a vote in 2019.

The motion, brought by the DUP, passed by 46 votes to 40. The vote has no effect on the laws but the DUP said it would send a message to Westminster that the regulations are not supported by Stormont.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-52878836


Sinn Fein proposes tightening NI abortion legislation over non-fatal disability

SF proposes tightening NI abortion legislation over non-fatal disability
Alliance for Choice says SF move would mean still having to travel for terminations for foetal anomaly diagnoses

Sun, May 31, 2020
Gerry Moriarty

Sinn Féin has indicated a willingness to see some alteration of the new abortion legislation for Northern Ireland that was enacted at Westminster and came into effect at the end of March.

The party has tabled an amendment to a DUP motion on abortion, some of which relates to Down syndrome, that is to be debated in the Northern Assembly on Tuesday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/sf-proposes-tightening-ni-abortion-legislation-over-non-fatal-disability-1.4267082


N. Ireland: Now that abortion is legal, services need to be available across the region

Goretti Horgan: Now that abortion is legal, services need to be available across the region

26 May, 2020
Goretti Horgan

THE redrafted regulations governing the provision of abortion in the north of Ireland were laid at Westminster on Wednesday May 13.

These regulations have been described as "extreme". In fact, they are not at all extreme but mirror the recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly in the south in relation to the kind of abortion law that should be available.

Continued: https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2020/05/26/news/goretti-horgan-now-that-abortion-is-legal-services-need-to-be-available-across-the-region-1951500/