Abortion to be decriminalised in Northern Ireland
Much to the chagrin of the DUP, Northern Ireland will be brought into regulatory alignment with the rest of the UK.
Oct 21, 2019
Women in Northern Ireland will have a legal right to safe abortions from midnight local time (23:00 GMT) on Monday, after a last-ditch bid to maintain the illegality of terminations fell apart in the regional legislature.
MPs at Westminster successfully amended a bill in the summer to include measures to end the near-blanket prohibition on abortion and introduce same-sex marriage, bringing Northern Ireland into regulatory alignment with the rest of the United Kingdom.
Sinn Féin supports abortions in certain circumstances and within a 'limited gestational period'
14 October, 2019
SINN Féin will tell a consultation on Northern Ireland's new abortion laws that it only supports terminations in certain circumstances and within a "limited gestational period".
Abortion will be decriminalised on October 22, provided a power-sharing assembly does not return to block the move.
Fresh legal challenge lodged against abortion laws in Northern Ireland
Monday, October 01, 2018
A fresh legal challenge against Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws has been mounted.
Sarah Ewart is applying for a judicial review, seeking a declaration of incompatibility with human rights law in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.
Five years ago, Ms Ewart travelled from Northern Ireland for a termination in England after a 20-week scan revealed her baby had anencephaly, which meant its brain and skull had not developed and it would either die before being born or shortly afterwards.
Abortion rights charity Marie Stopes to shut Belfast clinic
Clinic has been scene of anti-abortion protests since it opened in 2012
Dec 5, 2017
Marie Stopes UK is closing its independent clinic in Belfast on December 8th, following the British government’s move earlier this year to fund abortions for women from Northern Ireland.
In a statement, it said the decision would enable the charity to “focus its resources so that Northern Irish women can better access funded treatment in England”.
Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/abortion-rights-charity-marie-stopes-to-shut-belfast-clinic-1.3316902
The fight against anti-abortion protesters harassing women
13 October 2017
Ealing Council made a monumental move to stop the intimidating vigils at the west London Marie Stopes clinic
A London Borough has become the first local authority in Britain to potentially ban anti-choice protesters from outside an abortion clinic's premises - a move that would protect women from harassment and trauma, as they access vital, legal healthcare.
Councillors in Ealing voted majority, with two abstentions, to take “all necessary actions within its powers, utilising all necessary resources, to prevent anti-abortion protesters from intimidating and harassing women”, at the Marie Stopes clinic on Matlock Lane, west London.
Continued at source: http://www.dazeddigital.com/politics/article/37749/1/the-fight-against-anti-abortion-protesters-harassing-women
Labour's Watered-Down Abortion Pledge Could Actually Be Bad News For Northern Ireland
An update to the pledge to legislate to legalise abortion in Northern Ireland in a leaked draft version of Labour's manifesto suggests the party would be unable to change abortion law in the country.
Posted on May 16, 2017
BuzzFeed News Reporter
Labour has effectively dropped plans to legalise abortion in Northern Ireland despite pledging to do so in a draft of its manifesto leaked last week.
An earlier version of the party's manifesto that was leaked last Thursday suggested the Labour party would aim to override the devolved government to "legislate to extend [abortion rights] to women in Northern Ireland".
Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/labours-watered-down-abortion-pledge-could-actually-be-bad
Leaked Labour manifesto promises abortion rights for Northern Ireland women
May 11, 2017
A leaked draft of Labour’s general election manifesto includes a commitment to extending abortion rights to women in Northern Ireland.
Details from the draft document, which is set to be approved by Labour’s governing executive today, were published by The Telegraph last night.
A full PDF of the draft text has been published by BBC News.
Continued at source: Irish Legal: https://www.irishlegal.com/7251/leaked-labour-manifesto-promises-abortion-rights-for-northern-ireland-women/
Alliance for Choice, March 12, 2017
ALL political parties in Northern Ireland expressed will to decriminalise women seeking abortion in the recent election period and yet the PSNI and PPS continue to pursue and prosecute people seeking abortion or people helping others to seek abortion. This has been reinforced by raids by the PSNI which have taken place over the past week, which this latest video addresses.
If you are outraged by this situation, share far and wide and contact your newly elected MLAs and your constituency MP to demand support for the vote on the Westminster bill on Monday 13th March to #trustwomen.
Source: Alliance for Choice: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1007721389361986&id=683223451811783&_rdr
22 November 2016
A petition signed by 45,000 people calling for changes to the current abortion laws in Northern Ireland has been submitted to the Assembly.
A demonstration was held at the steps of Parliament Buildings on Tuesday before Green Party MLA Clare Bailey formally presented Amnesty International’s petition to the Speaker.
It comes just days after Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament that she would explore the possibility that women from Northern Ireland could access abortions free of charge through NHS Scotland.
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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