NI abortion: Guidelines issued ahead of 21 October deadline

NI abortion: Guidelines issued ahead of 21 October deadline

8 October 2019

The government has published guidance for healthcare professionals on abortion law in Northern Ireland.

The new guidelines cover the period from 22 October to 31 March 2020.

They set out what will happen following changes to the law after 21 October, if the NI Executive is not restored.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-49965339


‘The doctors in Northern Ireland knew my baby would die. But I was refused an abortion’

‘The doctors in Northern Ireland knew my baby would die. But I was refused an abortion’
One grieving woman tells of the suffering the current ban caused her

Susan McKay
Sun 6 Oct 2019

Denise Phelan was denied an abortion three years ago in circumstances so extreme she still finds it harrowing to speak about it, and does so only because she is determined that no other woman should be forced to go through a similar experience.

“My anger wakes me up at night. It’s a deep, almost in-the-bone anger,” she says. She and her husband, Richard Gosnold, are also still grieving for the loss of their baby, Alenja. Their trauma has been prolonged and they feel it is too late now to try for another pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/06/the-doctors-in-northern-ireland-knew-my-baby-would-die-but-i-was-refused-an-abortion


UK – This week has proved that the fight for abortion rights is far from over

This week has proved that the fight for abortion rights is far from over

Kerry Abel, Chair of the Abortion Rights campaign
Sunday 6 Oct 2019

As the Chair of Abortion Rights, I am often asked why my organisation is still needed in 2019.

This week has been proof of why.

We’ve seen the High Court ruling that Northern Ireland’s archaic abortion laws breach the UK’s human right commitments, while also witnessing the disgusting harassment of Stella Creasy in her constituency, with anti-choice bullies putting up billboards with vile, misleading images they claim to be of foetuses.

Continued: https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/06/this-week-has-proved-why-the-fight-for-abortion-rights-is-far-from-over-10860091/


Northern Ireland abortion restrictions breach UK’s human rights law, Belfast High Court rules

Northern Ireland abortion restrictions breach UK’s human rights law, Belfast High Court rules
‘I’m feeling super relieved and happy,’ says Sarah Ewart, who was forced to travel to England to terminate her pregnancy

Maya Oppenheim, Women's Correspondent
Oct 3, 2019

Northern Ireland’s strict abortion law which bans the procedure even in cases of rape or incest infringes Britain’s human rights obligations, the High Court in Belfast has ruled.

The case was brought by Sarah Ewart, who was forced to travel to England for an abortion after being told there was no way her unborn child would survive.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/abortion-law-northern-ireland-uk-human-rights-latest-belfast-high-court-ruling-a9136011.html


Northern Ireland’s Abortion Laws Are Archaic – But The Fight Isn’t Over

Northern Ireland’s Abortion Laws Are Archaic – But The Fight Isn’t Over
Today’s ruling is a hard-won victory for women. Now, we need to confine these cruel laws to history, writes BPAS’ Katherine O’Brien.

By Katherine O'Brien
03/10/2019

On Thursday a ruling from the High Court in Belfast has confirmed what campaigners, healthcare providers, and the women of Northern Ireland have known for years – that the country’s archaic, cruel abortion law is in breach of the UK’s human rights commitments.

This is a hard-won victory. Sarah Ewart is a young mother who had to travel to England for an abortion after receiving the devastating diagnosis that her baby would not survive outside the womb. Sarah has spent years in and out of court in order to challenge the near-total abortion ban which does not permit abortion in cases of fatal foetal anomaly. The ruling on Thursday that the current ban is in breach of her human rights is a testament to her bravery and courage.

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/northern-ireland-abortion_uk_5d960963e4b0da7f6622ba23?mc_cid=ecd51c5cf2&mc_eid=daef22644f&guccounter=1


N. Ireland – Girl ‘taken from classroom to be questioned by police over abortion pills’

Girl ‘taken from classroom to be questioned by police over abortion pills’
The teenager’s mother is taking a judicial review against the decision to charge her for procuring the medication online.

November 6 2018

A Northern Ireland schoolgirl whose mother is facing prosecution for buying her abortion pills was taken from a classroom by police officers and spoken to about the alleged crime without her parents being present, a court has heard.

A barrister for the mother outlined the circumstances of the case as she urged judges to rule that her looming prosecution is in contravention of human rights laws.

Continued: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/girl-taken-from-classroom-to-be-questioned-by-police-over-abortion-pills-37497844.html


Northern Ireland: Appeal right granted in abortion pills case

Appeal right granted in abortion pills case

26 January 2017

A mother accused of buying abortion pills online has been granted leave to seek a Judicial Review into a decision to prosecute her.

The woman allegedly bought the pills for her teenage daughter.

She is accused of procuring and supplying poison with the intent to cause a miscarriage in July 2013.

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Source, BBC.com: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-38759822


Northern Ireland: Abortion law appeal clocks up £100,000 bill

The Human Rights Commission says existing law violates the rights of women and girls

By Michael McHugh, Press Association
08 September, 2016 14:48

The Justice Department has spent more than £100,000 defending the north's abortion law against legal action taken by the Human Rights Commission.

Lord chief justice Sir Declan Morgan and two other Court of Appeal judges are considering their judgment following a hearing last June.

In November last year the High Court found that the current restrictive law is incompatible with human rights. The Department of Justice and Attorney General are appealing the finding.

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Source: Irish Times