Isle of Man: Pro choice abortion ‘Handmaids’ protest

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Pro choice abortion 'Handmaids' protest

Monday, December 4th, 2017

LIFE UK present to Tynwald members inside

The now iconic red cloaked 'Handmaids' made another demonstration to press their case for abortion reform.

The reason they were outside Tynwald at lunchtime? A presentation by LIFE UK inside the building to Tynwald members - you can hear more on this in Mandate on Tuesday morning.

Douglas East MHK Clare Bettison joined them as did Douglas North member Ralph Peake, Bill Shimmins from Middle and Garff MHK Daphne Caine .

John Moss watched the protest:
Podcast (5:13): http://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/pro-choice-abortion-handmaids-stage-protest/

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Abortion bill to go before House of Keys in January, MHK says

Ellan Vannin
Nov 16, 2017

The final draft of a bill proposing reforms to the Isle of Man's abortion law will be presented to the government in January, an MHK has said.

Dr Alex Allinson has spent 11 months working on the Abortion Reform Bill 2017, which was heavily backed in a recent public consultation.

The Ramsey MHK said he would meet with legal experts to discuss changes ahead of it going before the House of Keys.

Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-41996396

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Isle of Man abortion law reform backed by public

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Isle of Man abortion law reform backed by public

24 October 2017

Ellan Vannin

Plans to reform Manx abortion law so that pregnant women can request a termination up to 14 weeks have been backed by the public in a consultation. The majority of the 3,644 who responded agreed with the draft Abortion Reform Bill 2017 which would also see restrictions relaxed after 14 weeks.

Terminations can only be carried out if a pregnancy is the result of rape or because of mental health concerns. The Abortion Bill is due to be debated in Tynwald in the near future.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-41736830

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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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