Abortion: Assembly rejects recent changes to NI laws

Abortion: Assembly rejects recent changes to NI laws

By Jayne McCormack
BBC News NI Political Reporter
June 2, 2020

The NI Assembly has voted to pass a motion to reject recent changes to abortion laws in Northern Ireland. New abortion regulations drawn up by Westminster came into force in March after a vote in 2019.

The motion, brought by the DUP, passed by 46 votes to 40. The vote has no effect on the laws but the DUP said it would send a message to Westminster that the regulations are not supported by Stormont.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-52878836


Why the fight for Irish women’s abortion rights isn’t over

Why the fight for Irish women’s abortion rights isn’t over
Despite at-home termination methods being made available to the rest of the UK, women and girls in Northern Ireland are still being put at risk

By Brooke Theis
Apr 15, 2020

Last October, women in Northern Ireland celebrated as the country voted for their rights to have an abortion. A safe abortion, where they were no longer forced to drain their bank accounts secretly travelling over to England, or risk their lives taking illegal online pills – rights that women in the rest of the UK have had since the late Sixties.

Although laws permitting all terminations in Northern Ireland within the first 12 months of pregnancy were meant to come into effect on 31 March, the government missed this deadline. The coronavirus crisis, the lockdown and mounting pressures on health services are claimed to be the reason for the delay. Meanwhile, in the rest of the UK temporary measures have been put in place to allow women and girls to self-manage abortion at home with pills approved by the World Health Organisation.

Continued: https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/culture/a32154454/the-fight-for-irish-womens-abortion-rights-isnt-over/


Abortions ‘can now be carried out’ in Northern Ireland

Abortions 'can now be carried out' in Northern Ireland

By Jayne McCormack, BBC News NI Political Reporter
9 April 2020

Medical professionals in NI can now "terminate pregnancies lawfully", the Department of Health has said.

Last month, abortion laws changed to permit terminations up to 12 weeks, but this had not been put into practice.

Some of NI's health trusts had been told by the department not to proceed with temporary plans.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-52234712


NI health trusts ‘stopped from carrying out early abortions’

NI health trusts 'stopped from carrying out early abortions'

By Jayne McCormack, BBC News NI Political Reporter
9 April 2020

Some NI health trusts have been stopped from carrying out early abortion services, BBC News NI understands.

Last month, NI's abortion laws changed to permit terminations up to 12 weeks.

The Belfast and Northern Trusts agreed their own temporary plans until full services were in place, but were told not to move ahead, the BBC understands

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-52221872


Northern Irish women told to sail to England for abortions despite pandemic

Northern Irish women told to sail to England for abortions despite pandemic

Amanda Ferguson, Reuters
April 7, 2020

BELFAST — Northern Irish women seeking an abortion have been told they must take an 8-hour ferry to England despite the lockdown, as the regional government resists pressure to offer abortions locally and the coronavirus pandemic stops flights.

Abortion was decriminalized in Northern Ireland last year after the British parliament bypassed opposition from socially conservative Christian politicians in Belfast to bring the region into line with the rest of the United Kingdom, where abortion has been legal for decades.

Continued: https://nationalpost.com/pmn/health-pmn/northern-irish-women-told-to-sail-to-england-for-abortions-despite-pandemic


N. Ireland – Abortion: New laws need full discussion says Arlene Foster

Abortion: New laws need full discussion says Arlene Foster

By Jayne McCormack, BBC News NI Political Reporter
6 April 2020
The Stormont executive will have a "full discussion" about how abortion services should be provided in NI, First Minister Arlene Foster has said.

Major changes to NI's abortion laws came into force at the end of March.

However, the Department of Health has yet to put the regulations into practice.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-politics-52190465


New abortion laws for Northern Ireland comes into force

New abortion laws for Northern Ireland comes into force
The new regulations will allow terminations in Northern Ireland for the first 12 weeks

By Shaun Keenan
31 MAR 2020

Newly published regulations on abortion services in Northern Ireland will come into force on Tuesday. MPs in Westminster passed the changes to abortion last year in the absence of a power sharing assembly at Stormont.

The new regulations will allow terminations in Northern Ireland on request for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and up to 24 weeks in cases of a risk of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman or girl.

Continued: https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/new-abortion-laws-northern-ireland-18011806


‘It is not a crime’: The women behind North’s abortion law change

‘It is not a crime’: The women behind North’s abortion law change
Pro-choice campaigners say there is much yet to do, but for now they are celebrating

Oct 26, 2019
Freya McClements

Two years ago, a Belfast woman told Danielle Roberts what she had told no one else – that she had had an abortion.

“She closed the kitchen door in her own house before she would say to me that she had taken abortion pills,” says Roberts.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/it-is-not-a-crime-the-women-behind-north-s-abortion-law-change-1.4062891


‘I’m not a criminal any longer’: Women’s relief as abortion law changes in Northern Ireland

'I’m not a criminal any longer’: Women's relief as abortion law changes in Northern Ireland

By Lauren Chadwick & Orlando Crowcroft
24/10/2019

As Northern Ireland decriminalised abortion on Monday at midnight, pro-choice campaigners marked a new era of openness and freedom in the British province.

Until this week, Northern Ireland had prohibited abortion in all cases except when a mother’s life was at risk, with women and doctors facing sentences up to life in prison under an 1861 law.

Continued: https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/24/i-m-not-a-criminal-any-longer-women-s-relief-as-abortion-law-changes-in-northern-ireland


Woman in Northern Ireland abortion pills case formally acquitted

Woman in Northern Ireland abortion pills case formally acquitted
Judge instructs jury to find woman not guilty after legal changes come into force

Rory Carroll, Ireland correspondent
Wed 23 Oct 2019

A court in Northern Ireland has acquitted a woman who was prosecuted for buying online abortion pills for her daughter, after the decriminalisation of abortion in the region.

The judge, David McFarland, directed a jury at Belfast crown court on Wednesday to find the woman not guilty a day after Northern Ireland’s Victorian-era abortion laws were liberalised. The prosecution offered no evidence.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/23/woman-northern-ireland-abortion-pills-case-formally-acquitted-legal-reforms