Government accused of using NI abortion to coax DUP into backing Brexit deal

Government accused of using NI abortion to coax DUP into backing Brexit deal
Stella Creasy suggested the government had 'sold out' women to get support from the hardline party

By Nicola Bartlett, Political Correspondent
16 OCT 2019

Stella Creasy has accused the government of selling out women in Northern Ireland to get the DUP to back their Brexit deal.

The Labour MP, who was instrumental in changing the law to liberalise abortion in the region, said Boris Johnson was using women as "bargaining chips".

Continued: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/government-accused-using-ni-abortion-20637461


N. Ireland – Abortion rights used to get DUP to back Brexit deal, says Stella Creasy

Abortion rights used to get DUP to back Brexit deal, says Stella Creasy
Labour MP accuses government of willingness to let Stormont be in control of abortion laws

Kate Proctor and Heather Stewart
Wed 16 Oct 2019

Labour MP Stella Creasy has accused the government of preparing to hand back control of abortion rights to Stormont to help curry favour with the DUP at a critical moment in the Brexit talks.

Creasy led a successful push in the Commons earlier this year to extend abortion rights to Northern Ireland – the only part of the UK where it remains illegal except in a very narrow set of circumstances. MPs amended the Northern Ireland (executive formation) bill, to say that the government in Westminster would be required to extend the right to abortion if the Northern Ireland assembly and executive at Stormont are not up and running by 21 October.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/oct/16/abortion-rights-used-to-get-dup-to-back-brexit-deal-says-stella-creasy


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/


Twice as many care about NI abortion law changes than Irish language act: Poll

Twice as many care about NI abortion law changes than Irish language act: Poll

Published: Monday 14 October 2019

Almost twice as many people in Northern Ireland are more concerned about changes to abortion laws than an Irish language act, a survey has suggested.

The poll, commissioned by anti-abortion campaign group Both Lives Matter, found that 49% of those asked identified the need to safeguard legal protections for the unborn child, up to 28 weeks into pregnancy, as the most compelling reason for Stormont to be restored.

Continued: https://www.newsletter.co.uk/health/twice-as-many-care-about-ni-abortion-law-changes-than-irish-language-act-poll-1-9104897


N. Ireland – Rally held in protest against abortion law changes

Rally held in protest against abortion law changes
It was described as a ‘sombre occasion’.

By Aoife Moore, PA
October 13 2019

A rally in protest of possible upcoming abortion law changes has been held in Belfast.

The gathering, organised by anti-abortion group Both Lives matter was described by organisers as “a cross-community, inter-generational, and peaceful” event, was held to demonstrate opposition to Westminster’s soon to be imposed abortion law changes in Northern Ireland.

A law tabled by Labour MP Stella Creasy, changing the current legislation on abortion and marriage equality will be implemented in Northern Ireland on October 21 if the main Stormont parties cannot resolve the outstanding deadlock in the Assembly.

Continued: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/rally-held-in-protest-against-abortion-law-changes-38589709.html


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


Indian Women Seeking Abortions Are Petitioning the Courts, Even When They Don’t Need To

Indian Women Seeking Abortions Are Petitioning the Courts, Even When They Don’t Need To

By Anubha Rastogi
Oct 4, 2019

In the past three years, there has been an increasing and worrying trend of pregnant women approaching courts of law, either directly or indirectly, seeking permission for terminating the pregnancy that they are carrying.

Initially, these were all cases that were above the 20-week limit that the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act sets out. However, a recent study by the Pratigya Campaign shows that even cases of gestational age at 8 weeks and 12 weeks have gone to court seeking permission.

Continued: https://theswaddle.com/abortion-law-india-privacy/


Northern Ireland abortion law ruled to breach human rights

Northern Ireland abortion law ruled to breach human rights
High court in Belfast rules against Northern Ireland’s strict abortion law

Rory Carroll, Ireland correspondent
Thu 3 Oct 2019

Northern Ireland’s near-blanket abortion ban breaches the UK’s human rights commitments, the high court in Belfast has ruled.

The decision, on Thursday, was made following a case brought by Sarah Ewart, 29, who was denied a termination in 2013 despite a scan showing the foetus she was carrying would not survive.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/03/northern-ireland-abortion-law-in-breach-of-human-rights-commitments


Northern Ireland abortion restrictions breach UK’s human rights law, Belfast High Court rules

Northern Ireland abortion restrictions breach UK’s human rights law, Belfast High Court rules
‘I’m feeling super relieved and happy,’ says Sarah Ewart, who was forced to travel to England to terminate her pregnancy

Maya Oppenheim, Women's Correspondent
Oct 3, 2019

Northern Ireland’s strict abortion law which bans the procedure even in cases of rape or incest infringes Britain’s human rights obligations, the High Court in Belfast has ruled.

The case was brought by Sarah Ewart, who was forced to travel to England for an abortion after being told there was no way her unborn child would survive.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/abortion-law-northern-ireland-uk-human-rights-latest-belfast-high-court-ruling-a9136011.html


Uganda – Gynaecologists call for safe abortion as part of essential health package for women

Gynaecologists call for safe abortion as part of essential health package for women

By DAVID MAFABI | PML Daily Senior Staff Writer
Posted on October 3, 2019

KAMPALA – “When the doctor told me that we needed to discuss the results of my pregnancy test, I already knew I was pregnant; because I was just recovering from rape,”

Oliver tested for pregnancy and the result was positive. It was hard for her to accept the news, since she saw this as an end to her dream of becoming a teacher.

Continued: http://www.pmldaily.com/features/2019/10/gynaecologists-call-for-safe-abortion-as-part-of-essential-health-package-for-women.html