Amnesty welcomes Welsh Government commitment to abortion funding for women from Northern Ireland

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Amnesty welcomes Welsh Government commitment to abortion funding for women from Northern Ireland

“It is deeply ironic that every government in the UK has now pledged to address the injustice facing women from Northern Ireland, except the failed administration at Stormont” – Patrick Corrigan

Responding to news that the Welsh Government has agreed to fund abortions in Wales for women and girls from Northern Ireland, Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty International’s Northern Ireland Programme Director, said:

Continued at source: Amnesty International: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/amnesty-welcomes-welsh-government-commitment-abortion-funding-women-northern-ireland

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Abortions for Northern Irish women to be funded in Wales

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Abortions for Northern Irish women to be funded in Wales

4 July 2017

The Welsh NHS will fund abortions for women from Northern Ireland, the first minister has said.

It follows a UK government decision for the NHS in England to do so after MPs threatened to rebel on the issue.

The MPs were concerned because of the Tories' deal with the Democratic Unionists who back the tighter abortion restrictions in Northern Ireland.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-40497537

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Irish Abortion Rates Are Down And It Could Be Because More Women Are Buying Illegal Pills Online

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Irish Abortion Rates Are Down And It Could Be Because More Women Are Buying Illegal Pills Online

Difficulty accessing abortion and an increased awareness of online abortion pills could account for the decline in official abortion rates.
Posted on June 13, 2017
Laura Silver
BuzzFeed News Reporter

The number of recorded women who have travelled to abortion clinics in England and Wales from Ireland, where the procedure is illegal, decreased last year.

However, there is concern among campaigners that the decline is due to the number of women who self-administer abortion pills at home to illegally end a pregnancy, as well as women from Ireland travelling to England for an abortion and not giving their home address when they are admitted to a clinic.

Continued at link: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/irish-abortion-rates-are-down-and-it-could-be-because-women

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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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