Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

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Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

June 14, 2017

The Supreme Court challenge centred on the case of a Northern Ireland woman who became pregnant when she was 15. She went to England with her mother for an abortion in a private clinic in 2012, at a cost of about £900.Northern Ireland's abortion law is much stricter than the rest of the UK.

The mother and daughter took the case against UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who conceded that he had the power to make provisions for Northern Ireland residents to access free NHS abortions in England.

Continued at link:BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-40271763

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Supreme court narrowly rejects Northern Ireland free abortions appeal

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Supreme court narrowly rejects Northern Ireland free abortions appeal

Mother and daughter were appealing for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England

Amelia Gentleman
Wednesday 14 June 2017

The supreme court has ruled that women from Northern Ireland are not entitled to free access to abortions on the NHS, a decision that was condemned by campaigners as a “further blow to women” from the region.

A panel of supreme court judges narrowly upheld an earlier judgment, confirming that women who travel to England from Northern Ireland, which has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, cannot receive free abortion care on the NHS.

Continued at link: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/14/supreme-court-narrowly-rejects-northern-ireland-free-abortions-appeal

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UK: Surge in number of mums having abortions because they ‘can’t AFFORD any more kids’

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Surge in number of mums having abortions because they ‘can’t AFFORD any more kids’

The housing crisis prevented many families moving to a bigger home, and the ever-increasing cost of having a child is putting pressure on families

By Nick McDermott, Health Editor
13th June 2017,

GROWING numbers of mums are having abortions because they cannot afford a bigger family, figures suggest.

Department of Health data show a 17 per cent rise in the proportion of women who already kids having terminations in the last decade.

Continued at link: The Sun: https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/3791625/surge-in-number-of-mums-having-abortions-because-they-cant-afford-any-more-kids/

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Scotland: Women travelling to England for abortions

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Women travelling to England for abortions

13 June 2017

New figures show that 180 women travelled from Scotland to England for an abortion last year.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said this highlighted the difficulty in obtaining late-stage terminations for women north of the border.

The law currently allows the procedure up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, and 73 of the 180 women who travelled south were at least 20 weeks pregnant.

Continued at link: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-40257828

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Irish Abortion Rates Are Down And It Could Be Because More Women Are Buying Illegal Pills Online

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Irish Abortion Rates Are Down And It Could Be Because More Women Are Buying Illegal Pills Online

Difficulty accessing abortion and an increased awareness of online abortion pills could account for the decline in official abortion rates.
Posted on June 13, 2017
Laura Silver
BuzzFeed News Reporter

The number of recorded women who have travelled to abortion clinics in England and Wales from Ireland, where the procedure is illegal, decreased last year.

However, there is concern among campaigners that the decline is due to the number of women who self-administer abortion pills at home to illegally end a pregnancy, as well as women from Ireland travelling to England for an abortion and not giving their home address when they are admitted to a clinic.

Continued at link: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/irish-abortion-rates-are-down-and-it-could-be-because-women

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UK: Anti-abortion group in tampon tax row removes death penalty comparison

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Anti-abortion group in tampon tax row removes death penalty comparison

Charity comes under criticism for receiving £250,000 from government’s tampon tax, but insists support services are unbiased and non-judgemental

by Alice Ross
Monday 3 April 2017

A charity that has been given £250,000 from the government’s so-called tampon tax fund has scrubbed language describing abortion after rape as a “death penalty” from its website after being challenged on it.

The Life charity has now said it will do a full review of its website to remove offensive language, after the Guardian pointed out that the same article referred to abortion in cases of disability as a “death sentence”.

Continued at link: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/03/anti-abortion-group-scrubs-likening-abortion-after-to-death-penalty

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Hang On, So Abortion Is Still Not Fully Legal In The UK?

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Hang On, So Abortion Is Still Not Fully Legal In The UK?

The law on abortion in the UK, made in 1861, states that abortion is a criminal act, and MPs are pushing to update it
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posted on Mar. 13, 2017
Laura Silver
BuzzFeed News Reporter

For the past 50 years, women in Great Britain (but not Northern Ireland) have been able to access abortion fairly easily, but it is still technically a criminal act, punishable by life in prison.

The reason a woman is able to terminate a pregnancy up to 24 weeks in Britain is because if she has the sign-off from two doctors, she is considered to be not guilty of the offence.

So it’s always illegal, but exceptions will be made to the law at the discretion of doctors.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/hang-on-so-abortion-is-still-not-fully-legal-in-the-uk?utm_term=.atn0xwa8OM#.kaWx4owmMX

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MPs to discuss reform of UK’s Victorian-era abortion law

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MPs to discuss reform of UK's Victorian-era abortion law

Under an act passed in 1861, women using pills at home to terminate an unplanned pregnancy can still be jailed for life in much of the UK

Sarah Boseley Health editor

Friday 10 March 2017

In years to come, it may be regarded as one of the last battles for women’s autonomy. Under an obscure Victorian law, passed when women did not even have the vote, the decision to terminate an unplanned pregnancy using pills in the privacy of a home is punishable by life in prison – for the woman and any doctor who helps her.

Now MPs are to discuss for the first time de-criminalising women who attempt to bring about their own abortion.

In modern-day Britain, most abortions take place before 12 weeks with the aid of pills. Yet if a woman orders those pills online and takes them without the consent of two doctors, she can be jailed. So can a doctor who gives them to her to take at home instead of in the clinic.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/10/mps-to-discuss-reform-of-uks-victorian-era-abortion-law

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UK: This International Women’s Day, Stand Up For Abortion Rights

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This International Women’s Day, Stand Up For Abortion Rights
March 8, 2017

Ann Furedi, Chief executive of British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS)

There is nothing more inspiring than hearing the pioneers of the 1967 Abortion Act speak about the battles they fought in the 1960s.

They talk of the horror of seeing hospital wards reserved for women on a Friday - pay day -dying from a backstreet abortion, and deciding that this was the cause they would dedicate their lives to.

Continued at source: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/ann-furedi/international-womens-day_b_15234724.html

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UK: Ann Furedi on the Moral Case for Abortion

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Ann Furedi on the Moral Case for Abortion
March 8, 2017

Marking International Women’s Day 2017 Ann Furedi, author of The Moral Case for Abortion and Chief Executive of British Pregnancy Advisory Service, a not-for-profit provider of abortion services in the UK, discusses women’s moral literacy and their right to self-determination

The Moral Case for Abortion has never been so relevant.

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act, an important step that has allowed millions of women in Britain the chance to safely and lawfully end an unwanted pregnancy. It was a crucial piece of law-making that has served society well. But it has never allowed women the right to choose freely, privately, for themselves whether or not to have a child. The Act did not grant women the right to act on their consciences, determining for themselves what was right for them and their families; nor even did it give women control over their own bodies. The Abortion Act failed to place decision-making with individual pregnant women, where it rightly belongs. Instead it is left firmly with the medical profession.

Continued at source: https://www.palgrave.com/us/campaigns/international-womens-day/on-the-moral-case-for-abortion

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