Coronavirus: Woman can travel to England for abortions, Secretary of State says
Abortion was decriminalised in Northern Ireland last October following legislation passed by Westminster.
Rebecca Black, Press Association
06 April, 2020
The Secretary of State has suggested it is appropriate for women to travel to England to seek terminations during the coronavirus lockdown.
Strict abortion laws were overturned on March 31 after MPs voted for a change in the law last year.
Decisions have not yet been made by Stormont officials on how to put the new legislation into practice.
Access to remote abortion services should not be temporary
April 2, 2020
Remote abortion care should always be offered to ensure the health of women, irrespective of whether there is a pandemic, argue Elizabeth Chloe Romanis and Jordan Parsons
On 30 March 2020, the Department of Health and Social Care liberalised abortion regulations, allowing women in England to be consulted about abortion care remotely and to take both abortion medications, mifepristone and misoprostol, at home. This same change had already been made the previous week, but was then revoked within a couple of hours. The Scottish and Welsh governments both followed suit on 31 March 2020 and have also authorised the remote prescription of abortion pills and for both pills to be taken at home. Before these interventions, women were required to attend clinics in order to access treatment that could have safely been provided remotely—a stance that was paradoxical during the pandemic.
Coronavirus: Home abortions approved during outbreak
By Jim Connolly, Newsbeat politics editor
31 March 2020
Patients in England can now have home abortions during the Covid-19 outbreak, the government in England has said.
Abortion policy has changed several times during the current pandemic.
Women and girls wanting to terminate an early pregnancy were first told the service would be available but that decision was then retracted.
New abortion laws for Northern Ireland comes into force
The new regulations will allow terminations in Northern Ireland for the first 12 weeks
By Shaun Keenan
31 MAR 2020
Newly published regulations on abortion services in Northern Ireland will come into force on Tuesday. MPs in Westminster passed the changes to abortion last year in the absence of a power sharing assembly at Stormont.
The new regulations will allow terminations in Northern Ireland on request for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to 24 weeks in cases of a risk of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman or girl.
Abortion: New laws come into force in Northern Ireland
Significant changes to NI's abortion laws have come into force.
Mar 31, 2020
Terminations can be carried out in all circumstances in the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy.
After that abortions are legal in some cases - for example, there is no term limit in cases of fatal fetal abnormalities.
Robin Swann is "urgently reviewing" arrangements to allow women to access free abortion services in England, in light of the Covid-19 crisis.
Northern Ireland’s new abortion guidelines are welcome but should have gone further
Posted: Fri, 27 Mar 2020
by Dr Antony Lempert
As the government publishes a framework for the extension of abortion rights in NI, Dr Antony Lempert welcomes politicians' belated willingness to defend women's right to choose but laments several missed opportunities.
On 23 February 2018 the UN committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) issued a damning verdict on the state of abortion in Northern Ireland. It concluded that women were subject to violence by virtue of the fact that nearly every woman or child who became pregnant had to carry the pregnancy to term. This was the case even where there was evidence that the foetus would not be viable and even in cases of incest or rape.
NI to offer unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks
By Jayne McCormack, BBC News NI Political Reporter
25 March 2020
Abortions in Northern Ireland can take place in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy "without conditionality", under new laws soon to be in force.
Terminations will be permitted beyond 12 weeks in a number of other circumstances, with no time limit in cases of a fatal foetal abnormality.
Another US anti-abortion extremist sticks his nose into UK’s affairs
March 19, 2020
by Barry Duke
FOLLOWING our March 15 report that Roger Kiska, above, of Alliance Defending Freedom, was voicing his anger over an exclusion area outside a London abortion clinic, comes news that another American – ‘pro-life’ congressman Chris Smith, above – is demanding that the British government reverse its decision to impose UK abortion laws on Northern Ireland.
According to far-right Christian website LifeSiteNews, Smith has written to the UK Secretary of State for N Ireland calling on him to refer the province’s abortion laws back to the region’s own devolved government. In a letter co-signed by fellow members of Congress Andy Harris, Ann Wagner and Vicky Hartzler, Smith wrote:
DUP calls for abortion reform to be dealt with at Northern Ireland Assembly
March 18 2020
The DUP has called for the reform of abortion legislation to be dealt with by the Northern Ireland Assembly. Last year, the Westminster parliament introduced new abortion laws in Northern Ireland because of the failure of MLAs to restore power sharing by an October deadline.
At Northern Ireland questions on Wednesday in the Commons, Labour MP Dame Diana Johnson asked for an assessment of the effect of the collapse of Flybe on the ability of women in Northern Ireland to access abortion services in England.
NI abortion: Eight abortions in NI hospitals during 2018-19
By Catherine Smyth
BBC News NI
22 January 2020
Eight abortions were carried out in hospitals in Northern Ireland during 2018/19, according to figures from the Department of Health.
That compares to twelve terminations carried out the year before.
Last autumn, the law on abortion changed. It was decriminalised and women who require an abortion can continue to be financially supported to avail of services in England.
A new framework giving lawful access to services will be in effect by 31 March.
Government figures released last June showed that 1053 women from Northern Ireland travelled to England and Wales for abortions in 2018.