Majority want abortion decriminalised in North
October 11 2018
Most Britons and a large majority of people in Northern Ireland want abortion to be decriminalised in the North, two new opinion polls have shown.
A total of 65 per cent of adults in Northern Ireland agreed that terminating a pregnancy should not be a crime, while 78 per cent of Britons were in favour of decriminalisation.
UK: abortion pill progress for English women whilst Northern Irish women 'further isolated'
25 Aug 2018
Responding to news of new government plans to allow women in England to take an early abortion pill at home, Grainne Teggart, Amnesty International UK’s Northern Ireland campaigns manager, said:
“Whilst the UK Government is making progress for women in England, it’s further isolating women in Northern Ireland who are again being left behind - still subjected to archaic and discriminatory abortion laws.
Belfast woman to challenge NI abortion laws in High Court
Decision follows ruling by British supreme court on legality of situation in North
June 7, 2018
A Belfast woman who travelled to Britain for an abortion is to take a case to the High Court in her home city after campaigners lost a UK supreme court appeal over the legality of Northern Ireland’s abortion laws.
Supported by Amnesty International, Sarah Ewart, who travelled for an abortion after being told her baby would not survive, said she was seeking a formal declaration that the North’s laws on abortion were incompatible with human rights law.
Stormont refuses to update guidance to health workers on abortion referrals
Grainne Teggart, Northern Ireland campaign manager for Amnesty International
09 December, 2017
STORMONT officials have refused to update guidance for health workers following the British government's decision to give Northern Ireland women free access to NHS abortions in England.
Since June, women in the north have been allowed free abortion services in England, while a similar change was introduced last month in Scotland.
Continued at source: https://www.irishnews.com/news/2017/12/09/news/stormont-refuses-to-update-guidance-to-health-workers-on-abortion-referrals-1206417/
Amnesty welcomes Sinn Féin Ard Fheis policy change on access to abortion
Nov 18, 2017
Amnesty International has welcomed today’s passing of a motion at Sinn Féin’s Ard Fheis which extends the party’s support for abortion access to when a woman or girl’s physical or mental health is at risk.
The motion also reasserts their opposition to the criminalisation of women who make the decision to have an abortion. It also commits the party to developing a women’s health policy, which takes into consideration the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on access to abortion in the Republic of Ireland.
Continued at source: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/amnesty-welcomes-sinn-fein-ard-fheis-policy-change-access-abortion
Supreme Court examines NI abortion law appeal
25 October 2017
A barrister has claimed that Northern Ireland's abortion legislation has "saved 100,000 lives". He was speaking for the Christian Action and Research in Education (CARE), on the second day of an appeal relating to the laws.
Supreme Court judges are being asked to consider whether the existing rules breach a woman's human rights.
A lawyer for Amnesty International challenged the figure put forward by CARE's legal representative.
Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-41743629
Supreme court to hear challenge to Northern Ireland abortion law
Amnesty International among organisations and individuals bringing case on human rights grounds
Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Monday 23 October 2017
The supreme court will this week hear a case to overturn the restrictions on abortions in Northern Ireland on the grounds that the laws breach human rights.
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) failed at the court of appeal in June to convince judges that the rights of victims of sexual assault and women with fatal foetal abnormalities are violated because they cannot terminate their pregnancies in the country.
Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/23/supreme-court-to-hear-challenge-to-northern-ireland-abortion-law
Abortion figures prompt fresh calls for reform of Northern Irish law
Rights groups seek commitment from UK government as Theresa May holds talks with anti-abortion DUP
Tuesday 13 June 2017
More than 700 women travelled from Northern Ireland to England for an abortion in 2016, obliged to travel because the procedure remains illegal in most circumstances in the region.
Figures released by the Department of Health on Tuesday will attract renewed attention to Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion legislation as Theresa May holds talks with the leader of the Democratic Unionist party, Arlene Foster, about a deal to allow the Conservatives to govern the UK.
Continued at link: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/13/abortion-figures-prompt-fresh-calls-for-reform-of-northern-irish-law
Published 13/01/2017, Belfast Telegraph
Proposals on reforming Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws will not be considered because of the collapse of power-sharing, a Stormont minister said.
Women cannot seek a termination where there is a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality. Instead some fly to Great Britain for the procedure.
The Assembly is likely to be dissolved on Monday and snap elections called so ministers will not be able to consider any change to the law.
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Source: Belfast Telegraph