Fact check: Would abortion law in Ireland be as liberal as Britain’s?

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Fact check: Would abortion law in Ireland be as liberal as Britain’s?
Britain has one of most unrestricted abortion regimes in EU. That’s not on the way here

May 22, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

Question: Will Ireland introduce an abortion law similar to Britain’s?

A claim is being made that Ireland will introduce abortion laws as liberal as are in place in Britain. Who is making this claim?

This has been made by several campaigners opposing the repeal of the Eighth Amendment, including members of the Catholic Church, politicians and the Love Both campaign.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/fact-check-would-abortion-law-in-ireland-be-as-liberal-as-britain-s-1.3504653

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Ireland’s abortion debates through the years

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Ireland's abortion debates through the years

Friday, 27 Apr 2018
By David McCullagh

With four weeks to go until Ireland votes on the referendum on the Eighth Amendment on Friday 25 May, David McCullagh looks back on the contentious debates over Ireland's abortion legislation.

1861
Offences Against the Person Act makes it an offence unlawfully to administer poison or to use an instrument on any woman with intent to procure her miscarriage.

1967
British Abortion Act is passed legalising abortion up to 28 weeks’ gestation.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2018/0424/956963-abortion-timeline/

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

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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/

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The coming battle to liberalise abortion—in Britain

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The coming battle to liberalise abortion—in Britain
While the Republic of Ireland prepares for a referendum on the 8th amendment, British activists are gearing up to fight their own battle for liberalisation

by Sian Norris
April 12, 2018

At the end of May, Ireland is set to become the latest European country to legalise abortion. A referendum to repeal the country’s 8th Amendment could lead to the end of restrictive laws which, according to the United Nations, violate women’s human rights. That would leave just two European nations where abortion remains illegal: Malta and Northern Ireland. But there are three other nations in Europe that retain highly restrictive laws which criminalise abortion unless performed under certain circumstances. And one of those is Great Britain.

There is a widespread assumption in this country that the 1967 Abortion Act, part of Roy Jenkins’s raft of reforms which created the “permissive society,” decriminalised abortion in England, Scotland and Wales. That’s not strictly accurate. The 1967 Act provided exemptions under which women would not be prosecuted according to the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act.

Continued: https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/the-coming-battle-to-liberalise-abortion-in-britain

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UK – Ealing’s abortion clinic safe zone is a win – but the fight for rights isn’t over

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Ealing’s abortion clinic safe zone is a win – but the fight for rights isn’t over
Years of harassment have come to an end with this ruling. Ireland’s referendum, meanwhile, is mired in dirty tactics

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
Wed 11 Apr 2018

Last month, Alison (not her real name) says she was accosted on her way into the Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing to discuss a termination. She was approached by a man asking her for help; it was only when he started showing her anti-choice leaflets that she twigged that he was a protester. As she went to leave, he put his hand towards her, saying that he wanted to give her something. In his palm was a tiny model foetus.

Now, in a landmark decision, Ealing council voted to instigate a buffer zone around the clinic, the first of its kind. This radical implementation of a public spaces protection order – now also being considered by other councils – marks an important first step in protecting the rights of women from this kind of harassment.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/11/ealing-abortion-clinic-safe-zone-ireland-referendum

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Belfast council passes abortion pills motion against prosecutions

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Belfast council passes abortion pills motion against prosecutions
Councillors denounce court cases of women in Northern Ireland who procure pills online

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Mon 9 Apr 2018

Belfast city council has passed a motion condemning the arrest and attempted prosecution of women in Northern Ireland who procure abortion pills online.

The motion denounced cases such as the one involving a mother who obtained abortion pills for her 15-year-old daughter after her child was raped. The mother faces prosecution in a court case in Belfast next month.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/09/belfast-council-to-debate-abortion-pills-motion-northern-ireland

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UK – I had to risk miscarrying in a taxi after taking an abortion pill. Women should be allowed to take it at home

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I had to risk miscarrying in a taxi after taking an abortion pill. Women should be allowed to take it at home

These journeys back from the hospital are a completely unnecessary ordeal, and the government can change this overnight

Claudia Craig
Apr 2, 2018

One year ago, I found out I was pregnant. I was a 22-year-old student and I called my GP. They told me not to worry as I wouldn’t need to see a midwife for about eight weeks. “No”, I said, “you don’t understand – I’m pregnant and I don’t want to be.”

The phone was silent for a few seconds: “Oh. We don’t deal with that sort of thing.”

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/abortion-pill-home-england-mifepristone-misoprostol-campaign-jeremy-hunt-a8284796.html

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UK – Bill to give medical staff right to refuse role in abortions condemned

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Bill to give medical staff right to refuse role in abortions condemned
Bill would expand rights of conscientious objection for healthcare professionals

Tim Wyatt
Wed 21 Mar 2018

Pro-choice groups have condemned an attempt to create new laws that would allow doctors and nurses to refuse to take part in abortions on moral grounds.

A private bill going through the House of Lords that would expand rights of conscientious objection for healthcare professionals has been dismissed as unnecessary by abortion providers and campaigners.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/21/bill-to-give-medical-staff-right-to-refuse-role-in-abortions-condemned

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UK- Tory MP calls for debate on lowering legal time limit for abortions

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Tory MP calls for debate on lowering legal time limit for abortions
Maria Caulfield says current 24-week limit is one of most liberal abortion laws in the world

Emily Hawkins
Fri 2 Mar 2018

Maria Caulfield, the Conservative party’s vice-chair for women, has called for a debate on reducing the 24-week time limit for women to receive legal abortions.

In remarks that drew criticism from Labour, the MP for Lewes said the 1967 Abortion Act – which applies to England, Scotland and Wales – was “one of the most liberal abortion laws in the world”.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/02/tory-mp-calls-for-debate-on-reducing-legal-time-limit-for-abortions

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

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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

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