Sinn Féin supports abortions in certain circumstances and within a 'limited gestational period'
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.
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.
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.
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.
Northern Irish doctors’ group to fight abortion pill prosecutions
Pro-choice organisation opposes medics being forced to report women to the police
Sun 11 Aug 2019
A new pro-choice doctors’ organisation has been established in Northern Ireland to defend physician-patient confidentiality over the use of banned abortion pills.
Doctors for Choice Northern Ireland said they were opposed to healthcare professionals in the region being forced to report women and girls to the police if they procured abortion pills.
MP fears being ‘ousted’ after voting against decriminalising abortion in Northern Ireland
‘It was a free vote, a conscience vote. I didn’t rebel or vote against the party whip. And yet now it’s virtually certain that abusive party activists will make sure I’m deselected and lose the job I love’
Maya Oppenheim, Women’s Correspondent
July 13, 2019
An MP for the Scottish National Party has raised concerns she will be deselected by the party after voting against the legalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland.
MPs resoundingly backed the right to abortion in the country in a historic vote earlier in the week. Northern Ireland currently has a ban on abortion in almost all cases – even rape or incest. Women seeking a termination can face life imprisonment.
The Long Road Ahead For Abortion & Same-Sex Marriage In Northern Ireland
Emma Gallen, Alliance For Choice
10 July 2019
Last year, when the results of Ireland’s big referenda on same-sex marriage and abortion rights came, people knew what was coming. There had been a build up, and they were ready to celebrate (or commiserate) surrounded by those they had campaigned alongside for decades.
By contrast, last night in Northern Ireland, after MPs in Westminster surprised us all by actually voting in favour of liberalising abortion and extending same-sex marriage to us if our executive – Stormont – isn’t sitting by 21st October (ICYMI they’ve been on hiatus since January 2017), festivities were a bit more last minute.
From Phoebe Waller-Bridge To Sharon Horgan, Celebs Are Calling On The Conservative Party Leadership Candidates To Repeal Northern Ireland's Archaic Abortion Law
'Be the Prime Minister who shows they trust women. Be the Prime Minister who believes in treating all women equally. Above all be the Prime Minster who will not ignore us...'
June 17, 2019
Dozens of celebrities, including Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sharon Horgan, Hayley Atwell and Scarlet Curtis have joined forces with London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign to ask the Conservative Party Leadership candidates - one of whom will become Prime Minister next month - to pledge to hold a vote to repeal the 1861 legislation that criminalises abortion in Northern Ireland in almost all circumstances. It is the only part of the UK where this is the case, and in 2018 the Republic Of Ireland voted to decriminalise abortion in a referendum.
Tory leadership: Hunt rules out change to abortion law
10 June 2019
Jeremy Hunt has ruled out any changes to abortion law if he becomes the UK's next prime minister.
The Tory leadership contender has been criticised after saying his "personal view" was that the legal time limit for an abortion should be reduced from 24 weeks to 12.
But he told the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg: "No government I lead will ever seek to change the law on abortion."
Victoria Johnston: How many more women must suffer before abortion laws are changed?
June 5, 2019
Abortion has hit the headlines again in the past few weeks after news emerged from the USA that the governors of the state of Alabama have signed a bill banning abortion in all circumstances and ruled that any doctor caught performing the procedure could face 99 years in prison.
This has resulted in much backlash from feminists and pro-choice activists across the world who are outraged at the adverse effect that this ban could have on women in Alabama, including many in Britain who have pledged support to help those in USA whilst turning a blind eye to what is currently happening in a smaller region of the UK, Northern Ireland.