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: Abortion Rights Must Remain On The Government’s Agenda Despite DUP Opposition, Labour MP Says

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Abortion Rights Must Remain On The Government's Agenda Despite DUP Opposition, Labour MP Says

Diana Johnson, who boosted her majority in Hull North in last week's election, told BuzzFeed News there's an appetite to decriminalise abortion in the UK.

Posted on June 12, 2017
Laura Silver, BuzzFeed News Reporter

A Labour MP who began work to decriminalise abortion in England and Wales during the last parliament has said the issue must not now fall off the agenda, despite any likely opposition from the staunchly anti-abortion Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), with whom prime minister Theresa May is currently trying to form a government.

In March, Labour MP Diana Johnson tabled a 10-minute rule bill on decriminalising abortion and replacing the 1967 act with legislation that would make abortion fully legal in England and Wales, bringing the law into line with those in countries such as the US, Germany, and France.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/abortion-rights-must-remain-on-the-governments-agenda

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UK: Theresa May faces backlash over DUP’s ‘deeply worrying’ abortion stance

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Theresa May faces backlash over DUP's 'deeply worrying' abortion stance

Robin De Peyer
Saturday 10 June 2017

Theresa May is facing a growing row over abortion because of her plans to govern alongside the socially hardline Democratic Unionist Party.

The Prime Minister has been criticised over a deal struck with the Northern Irish party after the Conservatives lost their majority in a disastrous election performance.

The DUP has a consistently anti-abortion stance, with its leader Arlene Foster saying: “I would not want abortion to be as freely available here as it is in England.”

Continued at source: The Evening Standard: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-may-faces-backlash-over-dups-deeply-worrying-abortion-stance-a3561981.html

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UK: Abortion is a free vote issue. The DUP are clear – they oppose a woman’s right to choose

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Abortion is a free vote issue. The DUP are clear – they oppose a woman’s right to choose

Katherine O'brien
Friday June 9th 2017

Katherine O’Brien is Head of Media and Policy Research at the British Pregnancy Advice Service (Bpas)

“We are unashamedly a pro-life party and we will not be changing our support for the retention of innocent life… There is nothing more innocent than an unborn child.”

Those are the words of DUP’s Gregory Campbell, re-elected as MP for Londonderry last night.

Continued at source: inews: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/abortion-free-vote-issue-dup-clear-oppose-womans-right-choose/amp/?cn=bWVudGlvbg%3D%3D

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Why I don’t regret my abortion: Dispelling the myths around termination

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Why I don't regret my abortion: Dispelling the myths around termination

Abortion has been in the headlines over the past few months but rarely are the voices of women who have actually had one heard. The Independent speaks to a woman about why she does not regret her choice, contrary to popular assumption

Olivia Blair
Wednesday 10 May 2017

It is estimated that almost one in three women in the UK have had an abortion. However, when you think about the statistics in terms of your family or friends, this might not match up.

This is because although it has been legal in almost all of the UK for 50 years there is still a huge amount of stigma attached to abortion and, with that, a woman’s right to choose.

Continued at source: The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/abortion-no-regrets-myths-dispel-pregnancy-terminations-women-pro-choice-a7726701.html

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Miss-Information

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Miss-Information
2017 ISSUE 1, Conscience
Abortion abortion access UK
Increased scrutiny reveals the deceptions and aggressions of antiabortion activists in the UK

By Clare Murphy / Posted Apr 19, 2017

In ‘Debating Abortion on Campus,’ published in the 2016(3) issue of Conscience, Jon O’Brien eloquently made the case for why prochoice advocates should not shy away from debate, documenting the censorship of the antichoice opposition that has crept onto campuses across the United Kingdom and the United States. “In a healthy society, people aren’t afraid to discuss things. We must never be afraid of the battle of ideas,” he wrote. Indeed. So why should women accessing abortion services be an exception, shielded from the ideas and opinions of protesters on the street outside? Should they, as the respected US lawyer and social critic Wendy Kaminer has argued, have to accept that “feeling intimidated, being confronted and ‘stressed’ by people who oppose abortion rights, is sometimes the price of free speech”?

Continued at source: Conscience: http://consciencemag.org/2017/04/19/miss-information/

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