Northern Ireland: Majority support for abortion in NI new survey reveals

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Majority support for abortion in NI new survey reveals

Seanín Graham
17 June, 2017

AN OVERWHELMING majority of people in Northern Ireland believe abortion should be legalised in cases where a woman's life is at risk or when a fatal condition will result in the death of her baby, a major new study has revealed.

Ulster University researchers also discovered huge support for terminations in cases of rape and incest, while many respondents were opposed to women being prosecuted for buying online abortion pills.

Continued at source: Irish News: http://www.irishnews.com/news/2017/06/17/news/majority-support-for-abortion-in-ni-new-survey-reveals-1058450/

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Ireland: Cautious welcome for new Taoiseach’s 2018 Repeal referendum

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Cautious welcome for new Taoiseach’s 2018 Repeal referendum

June 16, 2017
Referendum on the 8th Amendment could be a step forward for Ireland

Speaking today in response to the announcement of a referendum to take place in 2018, Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) spokesperson Linda Kavanagh said, “We’d obviously welcome it, however we reserve judgement until the wording of the referendum is revealed. We fear that it will offer only very limited abortion access and repeat the failures of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act. We need broad-based legislation so that real and realistic access is given, otherwise thousands will still travel or break the law by importing and taking abortion pills.”

Continued at source: Abortion Rights Campaign: https://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie/2017/06/16/cautious-welcome-for-new-taoiseachs-2018-repeal-referendum/

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Supreme court narrowly rejects Northern Ireland free abortions appeal

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Supreme court narrowly rejects Northern Ireland free abortions appeal

Mother and daughter were appealing for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England

Amelia Gentleman
Wednesday 14 June 2017

The supreme court has ruled that women from Northern Ireland are not entitled to free access to abortions on the NHS, a decision that was condemned by campaigners as a “further blow to women” from the region.

A panel of supreme court judges narrowly upheld an earlier judgment, confirming that women who travel to England from Northern Ireland, which has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, cannot receive free abortion care on the NHS.

Continued at link: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/14/supreme-court-narrowly-rejects-northern-ireland-free-abortions-appeal

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Humanists UK urges British leaders to allow free NHS abortions for Northern Ireland women

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Humanists UK urges British leaders to allow free NHS abortions for Northern Ireland women
June 14th, 2017

Today, the Supreme Court ruled that the matter of charging Northern Irish women to access abortion services on NHS England, which are free women living in Britain, is a political decision. Therefore, the UK Government and, specifically, the Secretary of State for Health, has the power to end this unequal and discriminatory charge. Humanists UK, in response to today’s judgment, is calling upon anyone concerned by the unequal treatment of Northern Irish women  to sign its petition urging Theresa May, Nicola Sturgeon, and Carwyn Jones to grant Northern Irish free access to abortion services on the NHS in England, Scotland, and Wales respectively.

Continued at source: Humanists UK: https://humanism.org.uk/2017/06/14/humanists-uk-urges-mainland-british-leaders-to-allow-free-nhs-abortions-for-northern-ireland-women/

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Scotland: Women travelling to England for abortions

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Women travelling to England for abortions

13 June 2017

New figures show that 180 women travelled from Scotland to England for an abortion last year.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said this highlighted the difficulty in obtaining late-stage terminations for women north of the border.

The law currently allows the procedure up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, and 73 of the 180 women who travelled south were at least 20 weeks pregnant.

Continued at link: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-40257828

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Irish Abortion Rates Are Down And It Could Be Because More Women Are Buying Illegal Pills Online

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Irish Abortion Rates Are Down And It Could Be Because More Women Are Buying Illegal Pills Online

Difficulty accessing abortion and an increased awareness of online abortion pills could account for the decline in official abortion rates.
Posted on June 13, 2017
Laura Silver
BuzzFeed News Reporter

The number of recorded women who have travelled to abortion clinics in England and Wales from Ireland, where the procedure is illegal, decreased last year.

However, there is concern among campaigners that the decline is due to the number of women who self-administer abortion pills at home to illegally end a pregnancy, as well as women from Ireland travelling to England for an abortion and not giving their home address when they are admitted to a clinic.

Continued at link: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/irish-abortion-rates-are-down-and-it-could-be-because-women

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Northern Ireland: How abortion is restricted in the UK, explained in three minutes

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How abortion is restricted in the UK, explained in three minutes

One area of the UK has some of the harshest abortion laws in Europe. Here we explain how.

Siobhan Fenton, Thomas Goulding
Feb 6, 2017

Unlike the rest of the UK, it is a criminal offence to have an abortion in Northern Ireland.

This is the case even in the event of rape or incest, or a fatal foetal disability. The only exception is if doctors consider a woman’s life to be in serious and imminent danger.

Having an unlawful termination carries the same legal weight as murder, meaning women in Northern Ireland can face life in prison if they go ahead with the procedure.

Continued at source: The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/abortion-uk-britain-video-northern-ireland-ban-how-restricted-explain-family-planning-watch-a7564856.html

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New Zealand: Abortion Supervisory Committee Calls for Law Reform – ALRANZ

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Abortion Supervisory Committee Calls for Law Reform – ALRANZ

By The Daily Blog
February 5, 2017

Abortion rates in New Zealand are continuing to trend downwards, but law reform is still urgently needed, the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ) says.

ALRANZ President Terry Bellamak says it is encouraging the Committee has called for reform of the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977, but says law reform needs to go much further.

Continued at link
Source, The Daily Blog: https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2017/02/05/abortion-supervisory-committee-calls-for-law-reform-alranz/

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Ireland: Citizens Assembly Hears Abortion Travel Stats

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Citizens Assembly Hears Abortion Travel Stats

04 February 2017

The Citizens' Assembly has heard that almost three and a half thousand irish women travelled from this coungry to England or Wales for an abortion in 2015.

A consultant in fetal medicine from Birmingham's Women and Children Hospital says that 135 of these were seeking a termination due to a fetal anomaly.

Continued at link.
Source, FM104: https://www.fm104.ie/news/citizens-assembly-hears-abortion-travel-stats/

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‘Abortion is never taken lightly…you’re in mourning’ – Irish woman behind Twitter account documenting friend’s journey to UK for termination

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Published 11/12/2016, The Independent

The woman behind the Twitter account which documented her Irish friend’s journey to the UK to have an abortion has told how they weren’t the only Irish people who travelled that day.

Back in August, two friends set up the account @TwoWomenTravel and tweeted the experience.

From the plane journey, to sitting in the waiting room of the clinic, she described how difficult both the decision and procedure were in her first ever radio interview.

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Source: The Independent

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