UK: A “controversial” Northern Irish anti-abortion campaign doesn’t deserve a PR award

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A “controversial” Northern Irish anti-abortion campaign doesn’t deserve a PR award
When women’s lives and freedoms are imperilled, the publicity should always be bad, says Rebecca Schiller

By Rebecca Schiller
Dec 13, 2017

“Controversial” is a word too often used to hide the leer of evil things or bad people attempting to pass themselves off as one side of a reasonable debate. Milo Yiannopoulos was “controversial” until he gave the thumbs-up to paedophiles. It is the epithet chosen to introduce Breitbart into polite society and let’s not forget the ever so “controversial” child tax credit “rape clause”.

Real controversy is important and can spark the kind of debate that makes positive change and progress happen. But these people, ideas and statements are not important facets of a three-dimensional debate. They are not controversial – they are malignant and dangerous.

Continued at source: https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/politics/2017/50/Rebecca-Schiller-on-Both-Lives-Matter-controversial-win?mc_cid=402a629e5a&mc_eid=daef22644f

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UK: Pregnant women ‘so distressed by anti-abortion protesters they refused to leave clinic in fire alarm’, MPs told as Government considers buffer zones

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Pregnant women 'so distressed by anti-abortion protesters they refused to leave clinic in fire alarm', MPs told as Government considers buffer zones

MPs met today to consider how to protect women from harassment at abortion clinics

Francesca Gillett
Dec 13, 2017

Pregnant women have been left so distressed by pro-life protesters that they have refused to leave abortion clinics even during a fire alarm, MPs were told.

Women who attend clinics have been filmed or photographed, called “mum” and physically blocked by vocal anti-abortion campaigners in a bid to stop them from terminating a pregnancy.

Continued at source: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/pregnant-women-so-distressed-by-antiabortion-protesters-they-refused-to-leave-clinic-in-fire-alarm-a3717811.html

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UK: MPs call for buffer zones around abortion clinics after women are told they will ‘die of cancer’ by protesters

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MPs call for buffer zones around abortion clinics after women are told they will 'die of cancer' by protesters

Verity Ryan
12 December 2017

Buffer zones must be introduced around abortion clinics, MPs have said, after hearing evidence of sinister intimidation of staff and women by pro-life protestors.

Staff have been followed to their cars and called "murderers" while women having abortions have been told they will "die of cancer", a parliamentary committee was told.

Continued at source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/12/mps-call-buffer-zones-around-abortion-clinics-women-told-will/

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UK: Abortion clinics ‘fail obese and diabetic patients’

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Abortion clinics ‘fail obese and diabetic patients’
Kat Lay, Health Correspondent

November 25 2017, The Times

Only three clinics in England are able to provide abortions for women with medical problems later in pregnancy.

Dozens of women a year are forced to continue with unwanted pregnancies because they cannot get an appointment, campaigners have said, while others face long journeys for treatment.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/abortion-clinics-fail-obese-and-diabetic-patients-wb9dm3kbv

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UK: Women fought for abortion rights. Fifty years on, the service is in crisis

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Women fought for abortion rights. Fifty years on, the service is in crisis
The NHS has been outsourcing the procedure and failing to train specialist staff. Now hundreds of women can’t get an abortion, putting their lives at risk

Tim Friend
Tuesday 24 October 2017

Half a century after abortion was made legal in England, Scotland and Wales, outsourcing of NHS services and a subsequent lack of specialist doctors mean that hundreds of women each year are prevented from having an abortion, sometimes seriously threatening their health, according to leading medics.

“The system is broken. It’s in crisis. Not fit for purpose,” says professor Lesley Regan, the president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/24/women-abortion-rights-service-crisis-nhs-no-specialist-doctors

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Women seeking abortions in UK outside formal healthcare system due to ‘insurmountable’ barriers, finds research

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Women seeking abortions in UK outside formal healthcare system due to 'insurmountable' barriers, finds research

Nearly one in five women cite controlling circumstances, including partner violence and partner or family control, as reason for not accessing formal abortion services

May Bulman
Sep 20, 2017

Women in the UK are seeking abortion services outside the formal healthcare system due to access barriers, privacy concerns and controlling circumstances, research has found.

New findings indicate that despite it being legally available in Britain, some women find it challenging or at times “impossible” to access abortion care through current service models.

Continued at source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/women-abortions-uk-nhs-outside-formal-healthcare-barriers-immigration-right-free-treatment-a7957141.html

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UK: Boots apologises for morning-after pill response

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Boots apologises for morning-after pill response

22 July 2017

Boots has said it is "truly sorry" for its response to calls to cut the cost of one of its morning-after pills.

The pharmaceutical company was criticised after telling the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) it was avoiding "incentivising inappropriate use".

It now says it is looking for cheaper alternatives to the Levonelle brand.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40689763

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UK: Theresa May urged to give Tory MPs free vote on scrapping abortion charges for Northern Irish women coming to Britain

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Theresa May urged to give Tory MPs free vote on scrapping abortion charges for Northern Irish women coming to Britain

Conservative MPs are expected to be whipped to vote against free terminations – despite abortion issues being a 'matter of conscience'

Rob Merrick Deputy Political Editor
Tuesday 27 June 2017

Theresa May is being challenged to give Conservative MPs a free vote on scrapping charges for Northern Irish women forced to travel to Britain for an abortion.

Scores of MPs will try to secure free NHS terminations for many hundreds of women who make the journey every year – typically paying £1,400 for a private operation – in a showdown vote expected on Thursday.

Continued at source: The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-tory-mp-free-vote-northern-ireland-women-abortions-forced-travel-britain-uk-supreme-a7810981.html

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UK: Abortion rights for Northern Irish women in UK ‘must be addressed’

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Abortion rights for Northern Irish women in UK 'must be addressed'

MPs raise fears that Conservative deal with DUP may scupper free terminations in Great Britain for women from Northern Ireland

Jessica Elgot
Monday 26 June 2017

MPs have warned that abortion rights for Northern Irish women travelling to Great Britain for a termination must be addressed despite the Conservative deal with the DUP, repeatedly raising their concerns during a heated debate in the Commons.

Labour MP Stella Creasy and Conservative MP Anna Soubry were among those who called on the government to permit Northern Irish women terminations in England without charge.

Continued at source: The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/26/abortion-rights-for-northern-irish-women-in-uk-must-be-addressed-mps-conservative-deal-dup

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Stella Creasy Has Called For British Women To Be Allies To Northern Irish Women On Abortion

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Stella Creasy Has Called For British Women To Be Allies To Northern Irish Women On Abortion

Labour MP Stella Creasy has put forward an amendment to the Queen's Speech to allow women from Northern Ireland to access NHS abortion services in England and Wales.

Posted on June 23, 2017
Laura Silver
BuzzFeed News Reporter

Labour MP Stella Creasy is calling on women in England and Wales to help women in Northern Ireland access NHS-funded abortion by writing to their MPs in support of an amendment to the Queen's Speech.

Abortion is currently illegal in almost all circumstances in Northern Ireland, where the Abortion Act 1967 – the law which allows access to abortion in the rest of the UK – was never applied.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/this-mp-has-called-for-british-women-to-be-allies-to

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