Scotland: Johnstone welcomes Scot Gov comment on abortions for women from Northern Ireland

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Johnstone welcomes Scot Gov comment on abortions for women from Northern Ireland

4 July, 2017

Alison Johnstone MSP, Health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, tonight (4 July) welcomed comments from the Scottish Government that it believes women from Northern Ireland should be able to access an abortion for free in Scotland.

According to a newspaper report, Scottish Ministers will "set out shortly how that can be achieved."

Continued at source: Greens Scotland: https://greens.scot/news/johnstone-welcomes-scot-gov-comment-on-abortions-for-women-from-northern-ireland

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Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon’s new NHS abortion plans which will INFURIATE the DUP

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Nicola Sturgeon's new NHS abortion plans which will INFURIATE the DUP

NICOLA Sturgeon plans to offer free abortions to women who travel to Scotland from Northern Ireland, in direct opposition to the Government's would-be political allies the DUP.

By Ross Logan
PUBLISHED: Sun, Jun 18, 2017

The First Minister is said to be concerned by a Supreme Court ruling last week which rejected an appeal for women in Northern Ireland to be allowed to terminate pregnancies safely and legally through NHS England.

Her ruling SNP party are now examining the implications of the legal case in Scotland, where the law is relaxed enough for doctors to be able to turn a "blind eye" to Northern Irish women seeking an abortion who give the address of a Scottish friend.

Continued at source: The Express: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/818440/Nicola-Sturgeon-abortion-SNP-Northern-Ireland-DUP

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Scotland: Women travelling to England for abortions

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Women travelling to England for abortions

13 June 2017

New figures show that 180 women travelled from Scotland to England for an abortion last year.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said this highlighted the difficulty in obtaining late-stage terminations for women north of the border.

The law currently allows the procedure up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, and 73 of the 180 women who travelled south were at least 20 weeks pregnant.

Continued at link: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-40257828

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Hang On, So Abortion Is Still Not Fully Legal In The UK?

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Hang On, So Abortion Is Still Not Fully Legal In The UK?

The law on abortion in the UK, made in 1861, states that abortion is a criminal act, and MPs are pushing to update it
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posted on Mar. 13, 2017
Laura Silver
BuzzFeed News Reporter

For the past 50 years, women in Great Britain (but not Northern Ireland) have been able to access abortion fairly easily, but it is still technically a criminal act, punishable by life in prison.

The reason a woman is able to terminate a pregnancy up to 24 weeks in Britain is because if she has the sign-off from two doctors, she is considered to be not guilty of the offence.

So it’s always illegal, but exceptions will be made to the law at the discretion of doctors.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/hang-on-so-abortion-is-still-not-fully-legal-in-the-uk?utm_term=.atn0xwa8OM#.kaWx4owmMX

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UK: MPs win right to challenge Victorian law criminalising abortion

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MPs win right to challenge Victorian law criminalising abortion

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 makes a woman’s decision to terminate her own pregnancy punishable by life in prison

Sarah Boseley Health editor
Monday 13 March 2017

MPs have won the right to introduce a bill to parliament which would decriminalise abortion for the first time by repealing a law that dates back to Victorian times.

A ten-minute rule bill introduced by Diana Johnson, the Labour MP for Hull North, sought permission of the House to change two sections of a law passed in 1861, before women had the vote. It succeeded by 170 votes to 142, a margin of 32.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/13/mps-win-right-to-challenge-victorian-law-criminalising-abortion

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UK: MPs have voted to decriminalise abortion in England and Wales

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MPs have voted to decriminalise abortion in England and Wales

The 1967 Abortion Act did not decriminalise abortion, but rather made it legal if two doctors approve the procedure

By Siobhan Fenton Social Affairs Correspondent
March 13, 2017

MPs have backed a bill by 172 votes in favour, versus 142 against.

The bill, which was introduced as a Ten-Minute rule bill, will now go to a second reading on 24th March, before it can be passed into law.

In 1967, the Abortion Act was passed which made terminations legal subject to doctors' approval and if a pregnant person can prove they meet predetermined criteria.

However, critics say the law does not go far enough as people who do not meet these conditions who have an abortion are committing a criminal offence.

Continued at source: The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/abortion-decriminalisation-england-wales-mps-debate-parliament-a7627421.html

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UK: Labour MP hoping to ditch ‘Victorian’ abortion laws

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Labour MP hoping to ditch 'Victorian' abortion laws
12 March 2017

Abortion should be decriminalised up to 24 weeks in order to prevent vulnerable women from being given life sentences for seeking terminations, an MP has said.

Former shadow health minister Diana Johnson says she wants to remove "Victorian" abortion laws which contain criminal sanctions for doctors and women if they do not meet certain requirements.

Continued at source: ITV News: http://www.itv.com/news/2017-03-12/labour-mp-hoping-to-ditch-victorian-abortion-laws/

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MPs to discuss reform of UK’s Victorian-era abortion law

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MPs to discuss reform of UK's Victorian-era abortion law

Under an act passed in 1861, women using pills at home to terminate an unplanned pregnancy can still be jailed for life in much of the UK

Sarah Boseley Health editor

Friday 10 March 2017

In years to come, it may be regarded as one of the last battles for women’s autonomy. Under an obscure Victorian law, passed when women did not even have the vote, the decision to terminate an unplanned pregnancy using pills in the privacy of a home is punishable by life in prison – for the woman and any doctor who helps her.

Now MPs are to discuss for the first time de-criminalising women who attempt to bring about their own abortion.

In modern-day Britain, most abortions take place before 12 weeks with the aid of pills. Yet if a woman orders those pills online and takes them without the consent of two doctors, she can be jailed. So can a doctor who gives them to her to take at home instead of in the clinic.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/10/mps-to-discuss-reform-of-uks-victorian-era-abortion-law

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Scotland: Warning over increased use of illegal abortion pills

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Warning over increased use of illegal abortion pills

by JANE KIRBY
February 14, 2017

Desperate women are thought to be turning to illegal abortion pills in rising numbers, a charity has warned. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas) said women were risking prosecution by using the pills to induce an abortion, but most were unaware of the risk.

Bpas, which provides abortions at its clinics across the country, obtained data from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) which shows 645 abortion pills were seized in 2015 and 2016 on their way to addresses in Scotland, England and Wales.

Continued at source: The Scotsman: http://www.scotsman.com/news/warning-over-increased-use-of-illegal-abortion-pills-1-4366187

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Potential abortion shake-up could see terminations performed in Scotland up to 24 weeks

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Jan 3, 2017
Helen McArdle, Health Correspondent / @HMcardleHT
Herald Scotland

WOMEN who are up to 24 weeks pregnant could undergo an abortion on the NHS in Scotland for the first time following a push to make late-stage terminations available.

Currently, women in Scotland who want a termination beyond 18-20 weeks for non-medical reasons, such as a delay in realising they are pregnant or due to a change in life circumstances, must travel to England to receive the procedure, with NHS Scotland covering the cost of referrals.

Although abortion is legal up to 24 weeks, so-called late-stage abortions are only carried out on the NHS in Scotland if they are required for urgent medical reasons such as the pregnancy putting the mother's life at risk or the baby suffering a fatal condition.

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Source: Herald Scotland

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