Marie Stopes: NI's first private abortion clinic 'not re-opening'
By Marie-Louise Connolly, BBC News NI Health Correspondent
9 September 2019
Marie Stopes UK has said it has no plans to resume providing services in Northern Ireland despite anticipated changes in rules around abortion.
The clinic opened in Belfast in 2012, offering medical abortions in early pregnancy.
It closed in December 2017 after the government announced women could access NHS-funded terminations in England.
Climate of Fear: When Part of a Country Bans Abortion
By Ceylan Yeginsu
Aug. 10, 2019
BELFAST — It was one of the warmest days of the year, and Ciara was wearing a T-shirt to try to blend in with the vacationers at Belfast airport. But as soon as she boarded her flight to London, she noticed people staring at the dark purple bruises on her arm and the baby bump that stretched the fabric of her shirt.
“I’m sure some of it was paranoia, but I could tell from the way some folks looked at me that they figured out I was traveling for an abortion,” she said. Ciara, who is 32 and has two children, has asked to be identified in this article only by a childhood nickname, to protect her from her abusive former partner, who she said had threatened to kill her if she terminated the pregnancy.
The Long Road Ahead For Abortion & Same-Sex Marriage In Northern Ireland
Emma Gallen, Alliance For Choice
10 July 2019
Last year, when the results of Ireland’s big referenda on same-sex marriage and abortion rights came, people knew what was coming. There had been a build up, and they were ready to celebrate (or commiserate) surrounded by those they had campaigned alongside for decades.
By contrast, last night in Northern Ireland, after MPs in Westminster surprised us all by actually voting in favour of liberalising abortion and extending same-sex marriage to us if our executive – Stormont – isn’t sitting by 21st October (ICYMI they’ve been on hiatus since January 2017), festivities were a bit more last minute.
Doctors can lead case to change Northern Ireland’s highly restrictive abortion laws
BMJ 2019; 365
Published 28 June 2019
The trusted voices of doctors and medical staff are the key to changing abortion laws to give women in Northern Ireland choice, according to a panel of experts.
The panel—which met in Belfast on 23 June to discuss access to safe abortions—shared their experiences of caring for women and seeing the impact of restrictive abortion laws.
What's it like to live in a place where abortion is a crime? Women in Northern Ireland know
By Haley Ott, Allison Ingersoll
May 29, 2019, CBS News
Belfast, Northern Ireland — Women in Northern Ireland live under abortion laws very similar to those recently passed in Alabama. They're offering a snapshot for Americans of what life is like in a place where abortion is a crime.
"We have to be really careful about how we communicate with each other and how we work," pro-abortion rights activist Emma Campbell told CBS News.
Abortion law ‘harsher in Northern Ireland than in Alabama’
May 25, 2019
Campaigners say women can face jail sentences up to life in UK owing to 1861 legislation
Alabama’s near total ban on abortion mirrors the situation in one corner of the UK: Northern Ireland.
But pro-choice campaigners in the region say Northern Irish anti-abortion laws are actually stricter than the legislation Republican senators have introduced in the southern US state.
Women from across two countries march through Belfast for abortion rights
The march was organised to follow on from International Women's Day, and organisers say women's rights are being denied
Saturday March 9th 2019
Hundreds of women have marched through Belfast demanding liberalised abortion rights, bringing the city centre to a standstill just a day after International Women’s Day.
Northern Ireland’s biggest political party, the DUP, which in Westminster supports Theresa May’s minority government, supports restrictions on terminations and has prevented change in the past.
Theresa May is throwing Northern Irish women under the bus to protect her own weak majority
Co-Chair of Alliance for Choice Tuesday
29 Jan 2019
If you turn on the television or radio this week, you will likely hear men in suits discussing the future of Brexit. There will be business people, lorry drivers, farmers and fisherman debating the prospect of what might happen if the UK leaves the EU without a deal in two months time.
But as the clock ticks on towards 29 March and MPs scramble to stop a no-deal Brexit, there is a consequence that has received little media attention, and it could be one of the most serious yet.
Pro-choice campaigners target North’s abortion laws
Women’s rights activists confident 2019 will see North’s restrictive regime reformed
Mon, Jan 7, 2019
Amanda Ferguson Belfast
Ashleigh Topley was devastated to learn at her 20-week scan that her baby had a fatal foetal abnormality and “would never take a breath”.
“Being denied a termination and then being forced to endure 15 weeks of willing my much-wanted daughter’s heart to stop and waiting for the pregnancy to end naturally can only be described as torture,” she says.
Ireland Rings in New Year With Free and Legal Abortion
Jan 2, 2019
January marks the first month women in Ireland can receive free, legal abortions in the country, months after voters chose to repeal a decades-long ban on the procedure.
Clinics are still preparing, the Guardian reports, as Irish president Michael Higgins signed the regulation of termination of pregnancy bill into law on December 20. However, at least nine of the state’s 19 maternity units and several outside clinics are planning to open this month. The government has also created “safe access zones” which ban anti-abortion protesters from harassing patients and staff at clinics and has set up a hotline to direct patients to local abortion services.