Two Brave Women Are At The Centre Of The Fight For Abortion Rights In Northern Ireland, And They Need Your Help

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Two Brave Women Are At The Centre Of The Fight For Abortion Rights In Northern Ireland, And They Need Your Help

July 24, 2017
Barbara Davidson Writer, campaigner, mother-of-two.

Northern Ireland women's rights have suddenly become a major political issue, after being ignored or misunderstood by many people in the rest of the UK for years. In light of the DUP-Conservative partnership, many people are waking up to the harsh realities of life for women in Northern Ireland, where having an abortion is a criminal offence in almost all circumstances.

Northern Ireland's abortion laws have recently been hotly debated everywhere from the House of Commons to news bulletins across the country. But behind the dramatic debates, two women from Northern Ireland are at the centre of the fight for reproductive rights in the region.

Continued at source: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/barbara-davidson/ireland-abortion-rights_b_17551822.html

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Canada’s feminist foreign aid agenda

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Canada’s feminist foreign aid agenda
The Lancet
Published: 15 July 2017
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31860-3

Since his election in November, 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government has promised forward-looking health policies. Canada has always been seen as a global citizen in health, international affairs, and foreign aid, but under Stephen Harper’s Conservative Government (2006–15), credibility was questioned as he tilted Canada’s development programme for health and overseas aid priorities to align with trade goals, and his flagship Muskoka Initiative for maternal and child health ignored women’s reproductive health rights.

The announcement on June 9 of a CAN$5 billion annual aid plan for the next 5 years, directed at women’s organisations in the Global South, has now been welcomed as a feminist foreign aid strategy. 95% of Canadian foreign aid will now be committed to criteria specific to women, with the goal of empowering and improving the health and wellbeing of girls and women and their children.

Continued at source: The Lancet: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)31860-3/fulltext

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Sweden to cut aid to groups applying Trump abortion ban

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Sweden to cut aid to groups applying Trump abortion ban

Posted at: Jul 11, 2017

A Swedish government agency on Tuesday threatened to cut aid to NGOs which have suspended abortion services over fears of losing US funding due to a decree signed by President Donald Trump.

In one of his first acts as president, Trump in January reintroduced the global gag rule, enacted by Ronald Reagan in 1984, which prohibits foreign charities from using US federal funding to provide abortion services, information, counselling or referrals.

Continued at source: Tribune India: http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/sweden-to-cut-aid-to-groups-applying-trump-abortion-ban/434985.html

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UK: Stella Creasy ‘received Jo Cox-style death threat from anti-abortion activist’

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Stella Creasy 'received Jo Cox-style death threat from anti-abortion activist'

Kate Proctor, Political Reporter
Thursday 6 July 2017

A London MP has called in police after receiving a death threat from an alleged anti-abortion activist saying she will die like Jo Cox.

Stella Creasy said she had received a torrent of abuse since forcing the Government to fund abortions for Northern Irish women arriving in England.

Continued at source: The Standard: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/stella-creasy-received-jo-coxstyle-death-threat-from-antiabortion-activist-a3581291.html

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UK: Weakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn

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Weakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn

Sarah Sachs-Eldridge, Socialist Party national organizer
July 4, 2017

Thursday 29 June 2017 saw a significant step forward for women in Northern Ireland (NI). Funding to cover the financial costs for them to access abortions in England was pledged by the Tory minority government.

The Tories' 'supply and confidence' deal with the ten DUP MPs turned a spotlight on Northern Irish politics. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act that introduced free, legal abortion for women in England, Wales and Scotland within certain limitations. It was understood by those who fought for this legislation that women should have the right to choose when and whether to have children and that the right to an abortion is a life or death issue. But no major party in NI supports extending it there.

Continued at source: Socialist Party: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/955/25805/05-07-2017/weakened-tories-forced-into-northern-ireland-abortion-u-turn

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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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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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UK: The power of the pro-choice movement

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The power of the pro-choice movement

Ann Furedi
CEO, BPAS
3 July 2017

The Tories’ Northern Ireland concession shows how much things have changed.

Although the announcement that the government will fund abortions in England for women from Northern Ireland appeared to come out of nowhere, the issue has been a festering sore for successive governments for years.

Of all the demands of the UK pro-choice movement, equity in access to abortion services for women from Northern Ireland has traditionally been the one that attracts the most sympathy.

Continued at source: Spiked: http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-power-of-the-pro-choice-movement/20032

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Northern Irish duo press for abortion ruling despite parliament win

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Northern Irish duo press for abortion ruling despite parliament win

The Brief team
Jul 03, 2017

Two women campaigning for NHS abortions in England to be available to residents of Northern Ireland are to press on with their claim at the European Court of Human Rights despite the British government climbing down over the issue last week.

Lawyers for the mother and daughter, who are known only as A and B, recently lost an appeal before the Supreme Court that would have forced ministers to allow women from the province to have abortions in England funded by the NHS. The ruling was a majority decision of three to two, with the justices expressing sympathy for the women’s claim.

Continued at source: The Times: https://www.thetimesbrief.co.uk/users/39175-the-brief-team/posts/18242-northern-irish-duo-press-for-abortion-ruling-despite-parliament-win

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