UK: The fight against anti-abortion protesters harassing women

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The fight against anti-abortion protesters harassing women
13 October 2017
Kylie Noble

Ealing Council made a monumental move to stop the intimidating vigils at the west London Marie Stopes clinic

A London Borough has become the first local authority in Britain to potentially ban anti-choice protesters from outside an abortion clinic's premises - a move that would protect women from harassment and trauma, as they access vital, legal healthcare.

Councillors in Ealing voted majority, with two abstentions, to take “all necessary actions within its powers, utilising all necessary resources, to prevent anti-abortion protesters from intimidating and harassing women”, at the Marie Stopes clinic on Matlock Lane, west London.

Continued at source: http://www.dazeddigital.com/politics/article/37749/1/the-fight-against-anti-abortion-protesters-harassing-women

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Men Talk About Abortion Access in Northern Ireland

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Men Talk About Abortion Access in Northern Ireland #alliesforchoice from Alliance for Choice on Vimeo.

Sep 28, 2017

#alliesforchoice Alliance for Choice campaign for free, safe and legal abortion access in Northern Ireland. Over the summer, with NVTV, we brought together a diverse group of men and asked them what it means to be an ally of the #trustwomen campaign.
Watch our video to find out!

Source: https://vimeo.com/235954953

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If Northern Irish women can now have an abortion in England, why not here?

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If Northern Irish women can now have an abortion in England, why not here?
A policy offering free terminations for those who can travel is a first step. Now we need to change the law for those who can’t
Pro-choice rally in Northern Ireland

Goretti Horgan
Tuesday 22 August 2017

Northern Ireland’s Department of Health has declined to issue new guidance on abortion to doctors and other health professionals because “there has been no change to the law on abortion”. This is despite the fact that the situation clearly has changed since women from the region can now access free, NHS abortions in England.

This stubborn refusal to recognise the reality of women’s reproductive healthcare needs is concerning because it ignores the fact that, at present, GPs in Northern Ireland are not permitted to purchase procedures outside Northern Ireland “that would be illegal in Northern Ireland”. This prohibition clearly needs to be updated to take account of the new situation.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/22/women-northern-ireland-abortion-reproductive-rights-westminster-change-law

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What I’ve learnt running a pro-choice stall in Belfast every week

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What I've learnt running a pro-choice stall in Belfast every week

The draconian abortion laws in Northern Ireland are a disgrace, and every Saturday I take to the streets to convince people we need to change them

Emma Gallen
July 9, 2017

In April 2016, a young woman living in Northern Ireland took abortion pills she ordered from the internet. Her housemates reported her to the police, and the Public Prosecution Service decided to bring her to trial.

The maximum sentence she faced was life imprisonment; she received a three-month suspended sentence. I felt I had to do something.

Continued at source: The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/abortion-northern-ireland-womens-issues-choice-a7831561.html

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UK: BPAS withdraws abortion fees for Northern Irish women

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BPAS withdraws abortion fees for Northern Irish women
British Pregnancy Advisory Services acts ‘in response to government’s commitment to provide abortion care funding’

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Monday 3 July 2017

Northern Irish women who travel to England, Scotland or Wales to have abortions will no longer have to pay consultation and treatment fees to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.

BPAS announced on Monday that it had decided also to refund women from the region who used their services last Friday, after the threat of a parliamentary defeat over the Queen’s speech last week forced the government to scrap its policy of not funding abortions on the NHS for Northern Irish women in other parts of Britain.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/03/bpas-withdraws-abortion-fees-northern-irish-women

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Stella Creasy Has Called For British Women To Be Allies To Northern Irish Women On Abortion

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Stella Creasy Has Called For British Women To Be Allies To Northern Irish Women On Abortion

Labour MP Stella Creasy has put forward an amendment to the Queen's Speech to allow women from Northern Ireland to access NHS abortion services in England and Wales.

Posted on June 23, 2017
Laura Silver
BuzzFeed News Reporter

Labour MP Stella Creasy is calling on women in England and Wales to help women in Northern Ireland access NHS-funded abortion by writing to their MPs in support of an amendment to the Queen's Speech.

Abortion is currently illegal in almost all circumstances in Northern Ireland, where the Abortion Act 1967 – the law which allows access to abortion in the rest of the UK – was never applied.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/this-mp-has-called-for-british-women-to-be-allies-to

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Ireland: Abortion Rights Campaign Launches ‘Abortion Rights Roadshow’

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Abortion Rights Campaign Launches ‘Abortion Rights Roadshow’
17th June 2017

The Roadshow will travel the country over the summer months informing the public on why free, safe, and legal abortion access must be introduced both North and South.

Speaking in advance of the first Roadshow event in Galway this evening Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) spokesperson Caoimhe Doyle said: “With a referendum getting ever closer, now is the time to get our pro-choice message to everyone around the country. We will run street stalls in a different part of the country every weekend, equipped with informative leaflets, posters, and volunteers who will be able to answer questions about abortion rights, the 8th amendment, and our vision for the future in Ireland.”

Continued at source: Abortion Rights Campaign: https://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie/2017/06/17/abortion-rights-campaign-launches-abortion-rights-roadshow/

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“Nothing Will Stop Abortions”: Campaigners Fear Northern Ireland Pill Crackdown Will Endanger Women

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“Nothing Will Stop Abortions”: Campaigners Fear Northern Ireland Pill Crackdown Will Endanger Women

“More women are going to suffer in silence and fear,” Helen Crickard, a Belfast-based abortion rights campaigner whose workplace was raided by police, told BuzzFeed News.

posted on Mar. 16, 2017
Laura Silver
BuzzFeed News Reporter

Vulnerable women will be left to “suffer in silence and fear” following a police crackdown on the illegal purchase of abortion pills in Northern Ireland, campaigners have said.

On International Women’s Day, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) carried out a series of raids at addresses in Belfast – including the workplace of an artist involved with abortion rights campaigning – in connection with the alleged illegal purchasing of prescription medication online.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/a-crackdown-on-abortion-pills-in-northern-ireland-endangers?utm_term=.ebwXk7NnQ5#.fr7Ga4nJQx

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Northern Ireland: Abortion pills ordered online seized by PSNI

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Abortion pills ordered online seized by PSNI
Ellen Coyne

March 12 2017, The Sunday Times

Authorities in Northern Ireland have launched a crackdown on abortion pills being ordered online.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) raided two addresses in Belfast, and had a warrant to confiscate the phone and laptop of a person at one of the premises.

Continued at source: The Times: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/abortion-pills-ordered-online-seized-by-psni-6g2t0zq58?shareToken=fb6cc6e18b0476d76814038cbfe53b11

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Northern Ireland: Alliance for Choice video on police crackdown on abortion pills

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Alliance for Choice, March 12, 2017

ALL political parties in Northern Ireland expressed will to decriminalise women seeking abortion in the recent election period and yet the PSNI and PPS continue to pursue and prosecute people seeking abortion or people helping others to seek abortion. This has been reinforced by raids by the PSNI which have taken place over the past week, which this latest video addresses.

If you are outraged by this situation, share far and wide and contact your newly elected MLAs and your constituency MP to demand support for the vote on the Westminster bill on Monday 13th March to #trustwomen.

Video: https://m.facebook.com/video_redirect/?src=https%3A%2F%2Fvideo-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fv%2Ft42.1790-2%2F17209742_1021714484628699_349743022319075328_n.mp4%3Fefg%3DeyJ2ZW5jb2RlX3RhZyI6InN2ZV9zZCJ9%26oh%3D766384fb5e0d049d0336de85777f5c5c%26oe%3D58C5A6F5&source=misc&id=1007721389361986&nowarning=0&refid=52&__tn__=F

Source: Alliance for Choice: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1007721389361986&id=683223451811783&_rdr

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