Northern Irish women still facing difficult choice over abortion

Northern Irish women still facing difficult choice over abortion
Despite policy change by UK government offering them free abortion in England, women risk stigma and prosecution

Sarah Boseley, Health editor
Fri 19 Oct 2018

Women in Northern Ireland who want an abortion are caught between the costs, stigma and complexities of travelling to Great Britain and the risk of prosecution if they access pills online to take at home, according to new research.

A policy change by the UK government last year allowed women from Northern Ireland to have a free abortion in England on the NHS, but it has not solved the problems they face, says a study based on a series of interviews published in a medical journal.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/19/northern-irish-women-still-facing-difficult-choice-over-abortion

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N. Ireland – Majority want abortion decriminalised in North

Majority want abortion decriminalised in North

Rebecca Black
October 11 2018

Most Britons and a large majority of people in Northern Ireland want abortion to be decriminalised in the North, two new opinion polls have shown.

A total of 65 per cent of adults in Northern Ireland agreed that terminating a pregnancy should not be a crime, while 78 per cent of Britons were in favour of decriminalisation.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/majority-want-abortion-decriminalised-in-north-z22tth8dv

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UK government ‘must act on Northern Ireland abortion’

UK government 'must act on Northern Ireland abortion'
The UK government must "wake up" and decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland, Tory MPs have told the BBC.

By Jean Mackenzie and Andy Smythe, BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme
10 October 2018

Anna Soubry, Nicky Morgan and Heidi Allen said Westminster must step in to protect women's human rights.

Northern Ireland's Assembly - which legislates on healthcare - collapsed 21 months ago, and a new poll suggests two-thirds of Northern Ireland citizens would support Westminster intervening.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-45719000

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Polls show broad support for Northern Ireland abortion reform

Polls show broad support for Northern Ireland abortion reform
By Lianne Kolirin, CNN
Oct 9, 2018

Story highlights
- 78% of British people would like to see abortion decriminalized in Northern Ireland, a poll found
- 65% of those living in Northern Ireland believe that having an abortion should not be a crime

(CNN)Nearly two-thirds of people in Northern Ireland -- and more than three-quarters of the UK public -- believe that abortion should be decriminalized in the country, according to polls released Wednesday by Amnesty International.

Pregnancy terminations are illegal in Northern Ireland, except in cases in which the mother's life or health is at risk. The 1967 Abortion Act, which broadly legalized the procedure in the rest of the UK, has never been extended to Northern Ireland, where an 1861 law still stands.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/09/health/northern-ireland-abortion-polls-intl/index.html

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Fresh legal challenge lodged against abortion laws in Northern Ireland

Fresh legal challenge lodged against abortion laws in Northern Ireland

Monday, October 01, 2018

A fresh legal challenge against Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws has been mounted.

Sarah Ewart is applying for a judicial review, seeking a declaration of incompatibility with human rights law in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.

Five years ago, Ms Ewart travelled from Northern Ireland for a termination in England after a 20-week scan revealed her baby had anencephaly, which meant its brain and skull had not developed and it would either die before being born or shortly afterwards.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/fresh-legal-challenge-lodged-against-abortion-laws-in-northern-ireland-872700.html

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Emma Watson’s Pro-Abortion Letter Is The Most Moving Message You’ll Read Today

Emma Watson's Pro-Abortion Letter Is The Most Moving Message You'll Read Today

By Megan C. Hills
Oct 1, 2018

Earlier this May, in a truly historic moment, the Republic of Ireland’s eighth amendment, which made abortion illegal, was overturned after a landmark referendum. Many people came together to show support for the repeal, and arguably, none harder than the family of Dr. Savita Halappanavar — a woman who tragically died from a septic miscarriage after she was denied a life-saving abortion. Touched by her heartbreaking story, campaigner Emma Watson has written a pro abortion letter to pay tribute to Dr. Halappanavar, and honestly, it is probably the most moving message you'll read today.

Continued: https://www.bustle.com/p/emma-watsons-pro-abortion-letter-is-the-most-moving-message-youll-read-today-12104463

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Theresa May urged to reform ‘cruel and barbaric’ abortion law in Northern Ireland

Theresa May urged to reform ‘cruel and barbaric’ abortion law in Northern Ireland

David Young
September 29 2018

A Conservative MP has urged the British prime minister to reform abortion law in Northern Ireland as a colleague branded the present regime barbaric, cruel and callous.

Huw Merriman said it was the “right time” for Theresa May to let Westminster vote on the restrictive laws on terminations in the region. Anna Soubry, another Tory MP, echoed the call, saying the near-blanket ban on abortion was unacceptable in the modern age.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theresa-may-urged-to-reform-cruel-and-barbaric-abortion-law-in-northern-ireland-cwd3svvxh

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Abortion: Dublin’s annual ‘March for Choice’ to take place today

Abortion: Dublin's annual 'March for Choice' to take place today

Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) is staging its annual 'March for Choice' in Dublin this afternoon.

Supporters will gather at the Garden of Remembrance at 1.30pm before marching through the city under the theme 'Free, Safe and Legal'.

The march will be the first since Ireland voted to repeal the 8th Amendment.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/abortion-dublins-annual-march-for-choice-to-take-place-today-872365.html

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Ireland – Thousands attend March for Choice as Harris calls for TDs to ‘get on’ with abortion legislation

Thousands attend March for Choice as Harris calls for TDs to ‘get on’ with abortion legislation
Over 1,500 Irish women have accessed terminations since referendum, Minister says

Sat, Sep 29, 2018
Colm Keena

All members of the Oireachas regardless of their personal views should engage constructively with the abortion legislation that is to be introduced this Thursday, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has said.

“Women have waited far too long already,” he said to reporters in Dublin at the outset of the seventh annual “march for choice”, which was attended by approximately 2,000 people, the majority of whom were young women.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/thousands-attend-march-for-choice-as-harris-calls-for-tds-to-get-on-with-abortion-legislation-1.3646284

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March demanding abortion legislation planned in Dublin

March demanding abortion legislation planned in Dublin
Event to act as ‘reminder’ to Government that ‘nothing on the ground has changed’

Fri, Sep 28, 2018
Kitty Holland Social Affairs Correspondent

The degree to which legislation guaranteeing free, safe and legal abortion services is successfully enacted and implemented in coming months, will decide whether a “March for Choice” is needed next year, the Abortion Rights Campaign has said.

Sarah Monaghan, spokeswoman for the campaign, was speaking in advance of Saturday’s march in Dublin – the first since the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution was passed in May.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/march-demanding-abortion-legislation-planned-in-dublin-1.3645185

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