UK: Attitudes to women who have more than one abortion need to change

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Attitudes to women who have more than one abortion need to change

October 16, 2017
Carrie Purcell

One in three women in the UK will have an abortion in her lifetime. But despite being a common medical procedure, abortion – which was partially legalised 50 years ago this month – continues to be stigmatised in the media and elsewhere in many different ways, meaning it is rarely talked about.

One abortion may be viewed as a reasonable “get out of jail free” card; having more than one abortion is often presented as beyond the pale. A woman might be able to decide she cannot continue with a pregnancy once, but to do so more than once speaks of her irresponsibility, fecklessness and failure to use contraception.

Continued at source: https://theconversation.com/attitudes-to-women-who-have-more-than-one-abortion-need-to-change-85707

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March for Choice: Edinburgh shows solidarity with the women of Ireland

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March for Choice: Edinburgh shows solidarity with the women of Ireland

By Sarah Aron and Maya Cohen
October 1, 2017

"Not the church, not the state, women must decide our fate.”

These words rang clear in the air outside the Scottish Parliament on Saturday September 30 as men, women, and children showed their solidarity with the women of Ireland.

This protest was organised by the Scottish Irish Abortion Rights Campaign (SIARC) in support of the 6th annual March for Choice.

Continued at source: http://www.studentnewspaper.org/march-for-choice-edinburgh-shows-solidarity-with-the-women-of-ireland/

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Scottish abortion laws ‘making slow progress’

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Scottish abortion laws ‘making slow progress’
Kirsteen Paterson
Sep 27, 2017

ABORTION must be removed from the criminal justice system to protect women’s rights, a new report claims.

A paper released to mark International Day of Safe Abortion today claims Scotland lags behind countries like Canada, where the process of ending a pregnancy has been decriminalised and integrated into the health system.

Feminist policy organisation Engender, which compiled the paper, says the results show how far women’s bodies and choices are regulated by the state.

Continued at source: http://www.thenational.scot/news/15561930.Scottish_abortion_laws____making_slow_progress___/

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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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