Isle of Man set to decriminalise abortion

Isle of Man set to decriminalise abortion
More than 3,600 individuals and groups responded to the Abortion Reform Bill consultation

Alina Polianskaya
April 29, 2018

Abortion is set to be decriminalised on the Isle of Man as part of a radical reform.

The changes are set to turn the self-governing crown dependency, where abortion is currently only allowed in very limited circumstances, into one of the world’s most progressive places for reproductive rights.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/isle-of-man-decriminalise-abortionalex-allinson-a8328231.html


Isle of Man – Abortion Bill: Zones banning protestors set to become law

Abortion Bill: Zones banning protestors set to become law

Saturday, 28 April 2018 - Politics
A Reporter

Provisions that will ban protestors from approaching patients and medics in ’access zones’ have been added to the bill.

Ralph Peake (Douglas North) succeeded in getting backing for the new clauses that will enable the creation of ’access zones’ around the hospital, centres offering abortion services and the homes of medical staff. Some, mainly technical, amendments were approved.

Under the new provision, anti-abortion protestors will face prosecution if they target vulnerable women or staff in such access zones.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=40099&headline=Abortion%20Bill:%20Zones%20banning%20protestors%20set%20to%20become%20law&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018


Isle of Man – Abortion: Adjourn attempt is defeated

Abortion: Adjourn attempt is defeated

Saturday, 28 April 2018 - Politics
by A Reporter

An attempt to delay this week’s debate on the Abortion Reform Bill was thwarted by MHKs.

Alfred Cannan (Ayre and Michael) made a surprise move to adjourn the debate for seven days, expressing concern that Attorney General John Quinn had not been asked to give his view on the implications of the bill, particularly new elements such as access zone clauses.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=40100&headline=Abortion:%20Adjourn%20attempt%20is%20defeated&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018


This Is Why Women In England Can’t Take Abortion Pills At Home

This Is Why Women In England Can't Take Abortion Pills At Home
In England it is illegal to take abortion pills at home. This has nothing to do with clinical advice and everything to do with politics, say experts.

by Vicky Spratt
18 04 2018

Across the United Kingdom (with the exception of Northern Ireland) abortion has been legal since the 1967 Abortion Act came into force. However, many experts argue that it’s still not as accessible as it could be.

When Sarah (not her real name) was 16 she accidentally became pregnant and decided to have an abortion. At the time, she was living in a commuter belt town where South London meets the Surrey Hills. She recalls how her GP referred her to a London clinic for a medical abortion (which involves taking pills as opposed to undergoing a surgical procedure).

continued: https://thedebrief.co.uk/news/politics/buy-abortion-pills-abortion-at-home/


Isle of Man – Abortion reform: Were extreme protests just a ‘moment in time’?

Abortion reform: Were extreme protests just a 'moment in time'?

Friday, 16 March 2018

A claim was made this week that that further extreme anti-abortion protests were unlikely.

Chris Robertshaw (Douglas East) made the assertion as he questioned the need for a proposal to introduce a law creating safety zones around areas where abortion services would be provided.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=39225&headline=Abortion%20reform:%20Were%20extreme%20protests%20just%20a%20%27moment%20in%20time%27?&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2018


Isle of Man – Allinson consults on abortion reform bill clause

Allinson consults on abortion reform bill clause

Wednesday, 21 February 2018
By A Reporter in Politics

The MHK steering abortion reform proposals through the House of Keys is consulting with a UK expert to see if one of the clauses needs to be re-worded.

During last week’s House of Keys, it was suggested that the wording of clauses covering when an abortion would be permitted after 24 weeks might need to match the UK law, if that was to be where most such procedures would be carried out.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=38735&headline=Allinson%20consults%20on%20abortion%20reform%20bill&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018


Isle of Man: Anti-reform group seize upon phone poll results on abortion issue

Anti-reform group seize upon phone poll results on abortion issue

Wednesday, 21 February 2018
By A Reporter in Health

Campaigners fighting plans to reform the island’s abortion law have seized on the findings of a poll that they believe undermine the results of an earlier government consultation.

Anti-reform group CARE paid for UK research company ComRes to conduct a telephone poll into the issue. The questions were compiled by ComRes and former GP Graham McAll, who has campaigned against abortion reform.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=38762&headline=ComRes%20abortion%20research%20results&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018


Isle of Man: Roman Catholic leader: ‘Every abortion is an act of desperation’

Roman Catholic leader: 'Every abortion is an act of desperation'

Thursday, 15 February 2018
by Sam Turton

The leader of Roman Catholics in the Isle of Man has spoken out about the proposal to reform abortion laws in the Isle of Man.

Reverend Monsignor John Devine, Dean of the Catholic Church in the Isle of Man, has written to the Chief Minister about his views.

His letter distances himself and the church from the more militant stances taken by some objectors, who used graphic images on placards in their demonstrations against reform.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=38606&headline=Roman%20Catholic%20leader:%20%27Every%20abortion%20is%20an%20act%20of%20desperation%27&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018


Isle of Man: Abortion Is Still Illegal On This British Isle, But That Could Be About To Change

Abortion Is Still Illegal On This British Isle, But That Could Be About To Change
UK law on abortion was never extended to the Isle of Man, off the northwest coast of England, but the island might be about to decriminalise it entirely.

Posted on February 10, 2018
Laura Silver, BuzzFeed News Reporter

The Isle of Man became the first place in the world to permanently give women the vote in national elections in 1881, but more than 130 years later, the small island less than 100 miles off the northwest coast of England is one of the last places in Europe where women still don't have legal access to abortion.

The Abortion Act 1967, the UK law that allows women to access abortion, was never adopted by the Isle of Man, a self-governing region of the British Isles. This is also the case in Gibraltar, a British territory in the Mediterranean, where many women cross the border to Spain to access the procedure.

Continued: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/abortion-is-still-illegal-on-this-british-isle-but-that


Isle of Man: MHKs show their colours as the abortion bill is introduced

MHKs show their colours as the abortion bill is introduced

Sunday, 28 January 2018
By Adrian Darbyshire in Politics

Battle lines are being drawn ahead of the first real parliamentary debate on proposed abortion reform.

The Abortion Reform Bill went through the formality of a first reading in the House of Keys on Tuesday.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=38298&headline=MHKs%20show%20their%20colours%20as%20the%20abortion%20bill%20is%20introduced&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2018