Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon’s new NHS abortion plans which will INFURIATE the DUP

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Nicola Sturgeon's new NHS abortion plans which will INFURIATE the DUP

NICOLA Sturgeon plans to offer free abortions to women who travel to Scotland from Northern Ireland, in direct opposition to the Government's would-be political allies the DUP.

By Ross Logan
PUBLISHED: Sun, Jun 18, 2017

The First Minister is said to be concerned by a Supreme Court ruling last week which rejected an appeal for women in Northern Ireland to be allowed to terminate pregnancies safely and legally through NHS England.

Her ruling SNP party are now examining the implications of the legal case in Scotland, where the law is relaxed enough for doctors to be able to turn a "blind eye" to Northern Irish women seeking an abortion who give the address of a Scottish friend.

Continued at source: The Express: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/818440/Nicola-Sturgeon-abortion-SNP-Northern-Ireland-DUP

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UK: Let’s not shy away from the real reason why everyone mentions the DUP’s stance on LGBT rights, but not women’s rights

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Let’s not shy away from the real reason why everyone mentions the DUP’s stance on LGBT rights, but not women’s rights

Women can’t rely on the benevolence of individually powerful female politicians, or trust in the good intentions of male politicians who mouth the right words up until the moment anything is actually on the line

Sarah Ditum
Tuesday 13 June 2017

Before 10pm last Thursday night, the DUP was a shambles of a party whose leader Arlene Foster was responsible for the cash-for-ash scandal which has cost an estimated £490m and caused the collapse of power sharing in Northern Ireland. The moment the exit poll was in, it became one of the biggest forces in British politics as the prospect of the party entering into a confidence-and-supply arrangement to support a minority Tory government took hold.

Continued at source: The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/dup-womens-rights-abortion-lgbt-rights-reproductive-theresa-may-coalition-of-chaos-a7788231.html

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UK: Why more power for the DUP is bad news for abortion rights

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Why more power for the DUP is bad news for abortion rights

June 12, 2017
Author: Pam Lowe
Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Aston University, member of Abortion Rights and the Labour Party.

For decades, there was a lack of awareness in the rest of the UK that the 1967 Abortion Act did not apply to Northern Ireland. This started to change recently, as organisations such as the UN joined abortion activists in drawing attention to the lack of access to abortion for women in Northern Ireland. This general election result, in which the DUP was thrust centre stage as potential props of a minority Conservative government, is likely to further shine a light on their record.

Women’s rights to abortion in Northern Ireland have been held back significantly by this socially conservative party. DUP MPs have also consistently voted against abortion rights in the mainland – and are likely to do so again in the future.

Continued at source: The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/why-more-power-for-the-dup-is-bad-news-for-abortion-rights-79267

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UK: “We will not be DUPed”: Abortion campaigners join protesters in Westminster over proposed Tory-DUP deal

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"We will not be DUPed": Abortion campaigners join protesters in Westminster over proposed Tory-DUP deal

Several hundreds of protesters were out in force to protest Theresa May's bid to hang onto power by doing a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party

By Caroline Mortimer

10 JUN 2017

Abortion rights campaigners have joined several hundred protesters in central London to voice their anger that Theresa May is negotiating with the DUP.

Protesters from the London Irish Abortion Rights campaign were just some of the demonstrators who flocked to Parliament Square demanding May resign after the Tories’ election disaster which saw they lose their majority.

Continued at source: The Mirror: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/we-not-duped-abortion-campaigners-10599292

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UK: Meet the DUP, Theresa May’s saviours – anti-gay right and abortion

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Meet the DUP, Theresa May's saviours - anti-gay right and abortion
June 10, 2017

Paul Hutcheon Investigations Editor

CONCERNS are growing about Prime Minister Theresa May relying on a right-wing, ultra-religious party from Northern Ireland to prop up her wounded Government.

In a pointed intervention, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson revealed she had pressed May on challenging the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on its anti-gay rights record.

The DUP is the largest party in the suspended Northern Ireland Assembly – power-sharing collapsed after Sinn Fein moved a motion of no confidence in the DUP administration in January – but is now set to have an unprecedented role in Westminster politics.

Continued at source: The Scotland Herald: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15340689.Meet_the_DUP__Theresa_May__39_s_saviours_____anti_gay_rights_and_abortion/

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Moves to restrict abortion law trigger global concern over reproductive rights

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by Ruth Green
International Bar Association
Thursday, 5 January 2017

Towards the end of 2016, thousands of women across Poland demonstrated against the government’s plans to introduce an outright ban on abortions. In a year that saw growing concerns over strict abortion laws in other parts of the world, the move – which would have led to a prison term for both the offending woman and any assisting physician – was greeted with widespread condemnation.

Within days, the proposal was resoundingly rejected by the country’s Parliament. Nevertheless, it raises questions of concern about a country’s willingness to make its laws on abortion even more restrictive.

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Source: International Bar Association

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