Isle of Man abortion bill: Nearly 3,000 responses submitted in consultation

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Isle of Man abortion bill: Nearly 3,000 responses submitted in consultation

18 September 2017
Ellan Vannin

Nearly 3,000 responses have been submitted in a public consultation into proposed changes to Manx abortion laws.

The draft Abortion Reform Bill 2017 would allow terminations to be carried out in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and loosen restrictions thereafter.

At present, abortions can only be carried out in the Isle of Man if a pregnancy is the result of rape or because of mental health concerns.
Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-41306864

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Isle of Man: Sex selection not part of abortion reforms

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Sex selection not part of abortion reforms

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Debate continues over termination criteria

A new legal query has been thrown up in the ongoing public debate over reform of the Island's abortion laws.

Responders to a public consultation have asked whether or not abortion could be prompted by sex selection requests.

Continued at source: Manx Radio: http://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/sex-selection-not-part-of-reforms/

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Isle of Man: Debate: Abortion on grounds of disability

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Debate: Abortion on grounds of disability

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
Campaign wants public support on consultation

Does abortion on grounds of disability entitle unborn Manx babies to rights under the new Disability Discrimination Act?

The question has been posed by UK campaign group We're All Equal, which is calling on the Manx public to respond to the government's public consultation on abortion reform.

It asks people to reject proposals introducing abortion 'right through to birth' for disabled babies.

Continued at source: Manx Radio: http://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/debate-abortion-on-grounds-of-disability/

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Isle of Man: CALM: Video highlights abortion plight of Isle of Man women

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CALM: Video highlights abortion plight of Isle of Man women
by LC
Aug 22, 2017

Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (CALM) is proud to present a YouTube video about the difficulties Isle of Man women face having to travel off-Island for terminations.

A Freedom Seeker Production by Kara Varetto, this short film features the real stories of Island women, voiced by actresses.

https://youtu.be/d5xZjJY16uo

Continued at source: http://www.isleofman.com/News/details/83794/calm-video-highlights-abortion-plight-of-isle-of-man-women

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Isle of Man: Statement from Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (CALM)

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Statement from Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (CALM)
August 7, 2017, by LC

The Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (CALM) is delighted that Dr Alex Allinson MHK's draft Abortion Reform Bill was published today, and that the public consultation is now underway.

Throughout our campaign we have emphasised the need for abortions to be available on the Island, particularly in the earliest stages of pregnancy, to avoid woman having to travel across at their own expense resulting in later, more invasive and more expensive procedures.

CALM is also pleased that the need for counselling has been given special mention in the draft legislation.

Our key message now is: reply to this consultation with your views.

"We know CALM's pro-choice message has been heard loud and clear across the Isle of Man," says CALM's Samantha Morris, "and now is your chance to have your say. Please read the draft Bill and respond to the consultation. It's not very long and it's not very complicated, but it really will help to form a unique piece of legislation written to meet the needs of the Island's women. If you don't respond, then you don't have a voice."

The draft Abortion Reform Bill and consultation can be found at: https://consult.gov.im/office-of-the-clerk-of-tynwald/abortion-reform-bill-2017/

Source: Manx.net: https://www.manx.net/isle-of-man-news/83681/statement-from-campaign-for-abortion-law-modernisation-calm-

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Draft Isle of Man abortion bill put out to public consultation

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Draft Isle of Man abortion bill put out to public consultation

7 August 2017

A draft bill which proposes changes to Manx abortion law has been put out to public consultation.

The Abortion Reform Bill would allow women to request an abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and loosen restrictions on having one later.

Abortions on the Isle of Man can only be legally carried out if the pregnancy is the result of rape or because of concerns over a woman's mental health.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-40851323

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Four Irish women open up about the ‘barbarity’ of being forced to travel to England for an abortion

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Four Irish women open up about the ‘barbarity’ of being forced to travel to England for an abortion

by Katie Grant
Friday February 3rd 2017

Every year thousands of Irish women travel to England for an abortion. In 2015 a total of 3,451 women and girls from the Republic of Ireland travelled to England to have an abortion performed, according to Department of Health figures. A further 833 came from Northern Ireland and 105 from the Isle of Man.

As pressure mounts on the Irish government to hold a referendum to repeal the country’s restrictive abortion laws, i speaks to women who have made the journey to England to end a pregnancy. Their accounts have been edited slightly for clarity and length.

Continued at link
Source, INews: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/four-irish-women-open-barbarity-forced-travel-england-abortion/

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Isle of Man: ‘Inadequate’ evidence for abortion reform

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'Inadequate' evidence for abortion reform

Thursday, 2 February 2017
by Adrian Darbyshire

There is insufficient evidence about the physical or mental harm caused by abortion to make a clinical case on whether abortion law should be reformed, a health service paper concludes.

In the House of Keys last week, Health Minister Kate Beecroft voted against giving Dr Alex Allinson leave to introduce a private member’s bill on abortion law reform.

She told MHKs that there was no medical evidence to support either side of the debate. ’It does not come down clearly either way,’ she said, adding that left societal attitudes and expectations as the basis for possible change. ’We do not have that evidence,’ she said.

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Source: IOM Today:http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=31762&headline=%27Inadequate%27%20evidence%20for%20abortion%20reform&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2017

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Isle of Man ‘must update abortion law’

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Isle of Man 'must update abortion law'

22 January 2017, BBC.com
by Ellan Vannin

Women in the Isle of Man should have the same abortion rights as those in England, Scotland and Wales, a Member of the House of Keys (MHK) says.

Fewer than 10 terminations happen each year on the island because, in most circumstances, its laws prohibit them.

As a result, an estimated 100 women a year seek private abortions in the UK.

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Source, BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-38668044

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Irish women need British help to change our abortion laws

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Una Mullally

Every day Irish and Northern Irish women cross the sea to make the choice they’re not allowed at home

Sunday 23 October 2016

Amid all the talk of separation between the UK and its EU neighbours there is an opportunity to build a solidarity movement, at least between people in Britain and Ireland. Draconian laws that force women from both parts of Ireland to travel to Britain to access abortion have never received so much public attention as recently, and growing awareness in Britain is giving Irish women new hope.

The stories are heartbreaking: couples bringing the remains of foetuses with fatal abnormalities home through British airports in freezer bags because they couldn’t have a termination in an Irish hospital; the depravity of forcing a raped asylum seeker on hunger strike to continue a pregnancy she didn’t want; the brain-dead woman kept alive because she was pregnant; the young Northern Irish woman given a suspended sentence because she took abortion pills to end a pregnancy and her housemates told the police. There is no abortion in Ireland for rape, for incest, for fatal foetal abnormalities. Let’s be clear though, thousands of Irish women have abortions every year – they just don’t have them in Ireland. An Irish problem washes up on Britain’s shores.

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Source: The Guardian

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