Manx abortion reforms to be introduced after new law receives Royal Assent
15 January 2019
Women on the Isle of Man will soon be able to request an abortion within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
Tynwald President Steve Rodan said the Abortion Reform Act had received Royal Assent, meaning that the UK's Ministry of Justice has given its approval.
The Manx government is yet to announce when the new law, proposed by Ramsey MHK Alex Allinson, will be introduced.
Isle of Man becomes first place in British Isles to decriminalise abortion
15 January 2019
The Isle of Man has become the first place in the British Isles to decriminalise abortion.
The new law will allow abortion for any reason up to 14 weeks and in certain circumstances between 15 and 23 weeks. From 24 weeks until birth, abortion will be permitted when pregnancy would cause risk to the mother's life or if the baby when born would suffer serious impairment or die shortly after birth.
New Isle of Man abortion law moves a step closer
7 November 2018
Decriminalising abortion on the Isle of Man has moved a step closer after reforms were given unanimous backing by Tynwald members.
The Abortion Reform Bill will make it legal for women to have a termination on request within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
Isle of Man abortion reform bill passed by House of Keys
May 1, 2018
Plans to change the Isle of Man's abortion laws have been approved by the House of Keys by a margin of 22-2.
The Abortion Reform Bill would allow women to have terminations within the first 14 weeks of their pregnancy, with other restrictions also being eased.
Under existing Manx law, abortions can only be carried out if a pregnancy is the result of rape or because of mental health concerns.
Isle of Man set to decriminalise abortion
More than 3,600 individuals and groups responded to the Abortion Reform Bill consultation
April 29, 2018
Abortion is set to be decriminalised on the Isle of Man as part of a radical reform.
The changes are set to turn the self-governing crown dependency, where abortion is currently only allowed in very limited circumstances, into one of the world’s most progressive places for reproductive rights.
Abortion Bill: Zones banning protestors set to become law
Saturday, 28 April 2018 - Politics
Provisions that will ban protestors from approaching patients and medics in ’access zones’ have been added to the bill.
Ralph Peake (Douglas North) succeeded in getting backing for the new clauses that will enable the creation of ’access zones’ around the hospital, centres offering abortion services and the homes of medical staff. Some, mainly technical, amendments were approved.
Under the new provision, anti-abortion protestors will face prosecution if they target vulnerable women or staff in such access zones.
Abortion reform: Were extreme protests just a 'moment in time'?
Friday, 16 March 2018
A claim was made this week that that further extreme anti-abortion protests were unlikely.
Chris Robertshaw (Douglas East) made the assertion as he questioned the need for a proposal to introduce a law creating safety zones around areas where abortion services would be provided.
Allinson consults on abortion reform bill clause
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
By A Reporter in Politics
The MHK steering abortion reform proposals through the House of Keys is consulting with a UK expert to see if one of the clauses needs to be re-worded.
During last week’s House of Keys, it was suggested that the wording of clauses covering when an abortion would be permitted after 24 weeks might need to match the UK law, if that was to be where most such procedures would be carried out.
Abortion Is Still Illegal On This British Isle, But That Could Be About To Change
UK law on abortion was never extended to the Isle of Man, off the northwest coast of England, but the island might be about to decriminalise it entirely.
Posted on February 10, 2018
Laura Silver, BuzzFeed News Reporter
The Isle of Man became the first place in the world to permanently give women the vote in national elections in 1881, but more than 130 years later, the small island less than 100 miles off the northwest coast of England is one of the last places in Europe where women still don't have legal access to abortion.
The Abortion Act 1967, the UK law that allows women to access abortion, was never adopted by the Isle of Man, a self-governing region of the British Isles. This is also the case in Gibraltar, a British territory in the Mediterranean, where many women cross the border to Spain to access the procedure.
MHKs show their colours as the abortion bill is introduced
Sunday, 28 January 2018
By Adrian Darbyshire in Politics
Battle lines are being drawn ahead of the first real parliamentary debate on proposed abortion reform.
The Abortion Reform Bill went through the formality of a first reading in the House of Keys on Tuesday.