Isle of Man abortion reform bill passed by House of Keys

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.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-43963288

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Isle of Man set to decriminalise abortion

Isle of Man set to decriminalise abortion
More than 3,600 individuals and groups responded to the Abortion Reform Bill consultation

Alina Polianskaya
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.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/isle-of-man-decriminalise-abortionalex-allinson-a8328231.html

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Isle of Man – Abortion Bill: Zones banning protestors set to become law

Abortion Bill: Zones banning protestors set to become law

Saturday, 28 April 2018 - Politics
A Reporter

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.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=40099&headline=Abortion%20Bill:%20Zones%20banning%20protestors%20set%20to%20become%20law&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

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Isle of Man – Abortion reform: Were extreme protests just a ‘moment in time’?

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.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=39225&headline=Abortion%20reform:%20Were%20extreme%20protests%20just%20a%20%27moment%20in%20time%27?&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2018

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Isle of Man – Allinson consults on abortion reform bill clause

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.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=38735&headline=Allinson%20consults%20on%20abortion%20reform%20bill&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

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Isle of Man: Abortion Is Still Illegal On This British Isle, But That Could Be About To Change

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.

Continued: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/abortion-is-still-illegal-on-this-british-isle-but-that

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Isle of Man: MHKs show their colours as the abortion bill is introduced

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.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=38298&headline=MHKs%20show%20their%20colours%20as%20the%20abortion%20bill%20is%20introduced&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2018

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Isle of Man: Anger at anti-abortion campaigners ‘offensive’ images in protest

Anger at anti-abortion campaigners 'offensive' images in protest

13 December 2017

Anti-abortion campaigners displaying graphic banners of aborted foetuses have demonstrated outside the Isle of Man parliament.

In January the final draft of a bill proposing reforms to Manx abortion law will be presented to the House of Keys.

Dr Alex Allinson MHK, who has worked on the Abortion Reform Bill 2017, said the images were "deliberately offensive".

Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-42328116

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Isle of Man abortion bill: Nearly 3,000 responses submitted in consultation

Isle of Man abortion bill: Nearly 3,000 responses submitted in consultation

18 September 2017
Ellan Vannin

Nearly 3,000 responses have been submitted in a public consultation into proposed changes to Manx abortion laws.

The draft Abortion Reform Bill 2017 would allow terminations to be carried out in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and loosen restrictions thereafter.

At present, abortions can only be carried out in the Isle of Man if a pregnancy is the result of rape or because of mental health concerns.
Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-41306864

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Isle of Man ‘must update abortion law’

Isle of Man 'must update abortion law'

22 January 2017, BBC.com
by Ellan Vannin

Women in the Isle of Man should have the same abortion rights as those in England, Scotland and Wales, a Member of the House of Keys (MHK) says.

Fewer than 10 terminations happen each year on the island because, in most circumstances, its laws prohibit them.

As a result, an estimated 100 women a year seek private abortions in the UK.

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Source, BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-38668044

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