Only 2 Political Parties Have Pledged To Decriminalise Abortion In England & Wales

Only 2 Political Parties Have Pledged To Decriminalise Abortion In England & Wales

By Lauren Sharkey
Nov 27, 2019

Manifestos have been released and election campaigns are well underway. But a closer look at each manifesto has revealed that only two major parties are promising to decriminalise abortion in England and Wales.

Although the 1967 Abortion Act permits abortions up to 24 weeks, the Victorian-era 1861 Offences Against The Person Act was never repealed. This means that abortions performed outside of the Abortion Act's parameters are technically punishable by a lengthy prison sentence. (Both the person having the abortion and the people assisting it are at risk of criminal prosecution.)

Continued: https://www.bustle.com/p/only-2-political-parties-have-pledged-to-decriminalise-abortion-in-england-wales-19407527


Campaign launched to abolish old law which means abortion is still technically illegal in England, Scotland and Wales

Campaign launched to abolish old law which means abortion is still technically illegal in England, Scotland and Wales

Bronwen Weatherby
Oct 26, 2019

A campaign has been launched to abolish an old law which means abortion is still technically illegal in England, Scotland and Wales.

In the wake of decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland earlier this week, campaigners say England, Scotland and Wales now have "the most draconian abortion laws in the union".

Continued: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/campaign-launched-to-abolish-old-law-which-means-abortion-is-still-technically-illegal-in-england-a4270946.html


Abortion Still Isn’t Fully Decriminalised In England & Wales — This Campaign Wants To Change That

Abortion Still Isn't Fully Decriminalised In England & Wales — This Campaign Wants To Change That

By Lauren Sharkey
Oct 23, 2019

In a week where one part of the UK is celebrating the introduction of long-awaited-for reproductive rights, the rest are slowly realising they now live in the least progressive parts of the nation. Thanks to a Victorian-era law, abortion is still technically a criminal offence in England and Wales. But a campaign, led by Refinery29 and an 88-year-old campaigner, is aiming to decriminalise it once and for all.

Currently, England and Wales adhere to the 1967 Abortion Act. (Scotland did too until 2016 when powers were handed over to the Scottish Parliament, per the BBC.) This legislation allows abortions up to 24 weeks, but only if two doctors state that continuing with a pregnancy would involve a greater risk to a person's physical or mental health than terminating it.

Continued: https://www.bustle.com/p/abortion-still-isnt-fully-decriminalised-in-england-wales-this-campaign-wants-to-change-that-19261224


UK – Why We’re Campaigning To Change Abortion Law

Why We’re Campaigning To Change Abortion Law

Vicky Spratt
21 October 2019

At some point in their lives, before the age of 45, one in three women will have an abortion. Just like pregnancy itself, the need to terminate one is a fact of life. More than this, being able to access safe, free and legal abortion services should you need to is acknowledged to be a basic human right for women and pregnant people.

Since 1967, abortion has been legal in England, Scotland and Wales because of the Abortion Act, a victory that was hard-fought and won by campaigners. For those of us who have grown up in Britain since, access to abortion is something we have (for the most part) been able to take for granted.

Continued: https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/2019/10/8572968/imacriminal-abortion-campaign


Northern Ireland faces decriminalization of abortion

Northern Ireland faces decriminalization of abortion
The UK region's strict abortion law is set to change after politicians in London stepped in to legislate to end decades of discrimination against British and Irish women there. The legislation dates back to 1861.

Date 20.10.2019
Author Amanda Ferguson (Belfast)

Northern Ireland's abortion legislation is some of the most restrictive in the world and come from the Victorian-era of history. Pro-choice campaigners have for decades pursued legal challenges for them to be changed to respect women's human rights.

The 1967 Abortion Act in Britain, allowing for abortion up to 24 weeks in the rest of the United Kingdom, was never extended to Northern Ireland.

Continued: https://www.dw.com/en/northern-ireland-faces-decriminalization-of-abortion/a-50890268


Northern Ireland Is About to Reform Its Abortion Law – Now What?

Northern Ireland Is About to Reform Its Abortion Law – Now What?
If its government doesn't reconvene by October 21st, its draconian law will be tossed out the window. Activists are counting down the days.

by Mary McGill
18 October 2019

With just a few days to go until October 21st, it is almost certain that Northern Ireland’s draconian law against abortion will be reformed. The political situation in Northern Ireland is complex. The region’s devolved government has been suspended for over two years. For campaigners fighting for equal rights issues like abortion, this stalemate has been frustrating.

That is, until July of this year, when Westminster issued a ruling paving the way for the liberalisation of the region’s abortion legislation, provided Northern Ireland’s government does not reconvene before October 21st. Although there are fears that Boris Johnson will use abortion in Northern Ireland as a bargaining tactic in Brexit negotiations, at this late stage reform is unlikely to be derailed

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en_in/article/mbmkbb/northern-ireland-abortion-law-reform


N. Ireland – Sinn Féin supports abortions in certain circumstances and within a ‘limited gestational period’

Sinn Féin supports abortions in certain circumstances and within a 'limited gestational period'

CLAIRE SIMPSON
14 October, 2019

SINN Féin will tell a consultation on Northern Ireland's new abortion laws that it only supports terminations in certain circumstances and within a "limited gestational period".

Abortion will be decriminalised on October 22, provided a power-sharing assembly does not return to block the move.

Continued: https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2019/10/14/news/sinn-fe-in-supports-abortions-in-certain-circumstances-and-within-a-limited-gestational-period--1737707/


NI abortion: Guidelines issued ahead of 21 October deadline

NI abortion: Guidelines issued ahead of 21 October deadline

8 October 2019

The government has published guidance for healthcare professionals on abortion law in Northern Ireland.

The new guidelines cover the period from 22 October to 31 March 2020.

They set out what will happen following changes to the law after 21 October, if the NI Executive is not restored.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-49965339


Abortion: Protesters’ campaign ‘harassing’ Labour MP

Abortion: Protesters' campaign 'harassing' Labour MP

By Mark Devenport, BBC News NI Political Editor
2 October 2019

A Labour MP has complained in the House of Commons about a campaign of "intimidation and harassment" against her by an anti-abortion group.

Stella Creasy spoke after images of her with a foetus and the caption "your MP is working hard to take away my human rights" went up in her constituency.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-49910276


Northern Ireland – Abortion: NIO to launch campaign on abortion law

Abortion: NIO to launch campaign on abortion law

By Mark Devenport, BBC News NI Political Editor
1 October 2019

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) is planning to launch an awareness campaign related to the likely change in the law on abortion.

NI law will change if the power-sharing executive at Stormont is not restored by 21 October.

The awareness campaign is expected to launch early next month.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-49883771