UK – Ministers accused of inaction over Northern Ireland abortion rights

Ministers accused of inaction over Northern Ireland abortion rights
MPs say government must provide clarity on legal situation for women

Heather Stewart Political editor
Thu 25 Apr 2019

Ministers must act urgently to address human rights breaches faced by women in Northern Ireland who seek an abortion, according to a damning report from a cross-party committee of MPs.

The women and equalities committee accuses the government of failing to tackle challenges identified by a UN committee on women’s rights last year, which found “systematic violations”.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/25/ministers-accused-of-inaction-over-northern-ireland-abortion-rights

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‘Brave’ Belfast woman forced to go to England for abortion launches bid to change law on human rights grounds

'Brave' Belfast woman forced to go to England for abortion launches bid to change law on human rights grounds
'Each time I re-live the trauma. I hope this will be the last time I have to go to court and prove that women like me should be able to access abortion services at home,' says Sarah Ewart

Maya Oppenheim, Women's Correspondent
Jan 29, 2019

A landmark case in Belfast High Court could find Northern Ireland’s abortion law in breach of the UK’s human rights commitments, say experts.

Sarah Ewart, who was forced to travel to England for an abortion after being told her unborn child would not survive outside the womb, has launched a new case which starts on Wednesday.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/northern-ireland-abortion-sarah-ewart-high-court-case-human-rights-commission-a8752241.html

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N. Ireland – Police escorted girl (12) to England for abortion after assault, MPs told

Police escorted girl (12) to England for abortion after assault, MPs told

By Michael McHugh
January 26 2019

A 12-year-old victim of sexual assault in Northern Ireland had to travel to England under police escort for an abortion, MPs have been told.

An officer seized samples from the procedure as evidence, said Dawn Purvis, former director of the Marie Stopes pregnancy advice service in Belfast.

The child could not be treated in Northern Ireland due to strict laws prohibiting the procedure in most circumstances.

Continued: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/police-escorted-girl-12-to-england-for-abortion-after-assault-mps-told-37750064.html

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Pro-choice campaigners target North’s abortion laws

Pro-choice campaigners target North’s abortion laws
Women’s rights activists confident 2019 will see North’s restrictive regime reformed

Mon, Jan 7, 2019
Amanda Ferguson Belfast

Ashleigh Topley was devastated to learn at her 20-week scan that her baby had a fatal foetal abnormality and “would never take a breath”.

“Being denied a termination and then being forced to endure 15 weeks of willing my much-wanted daughter’s heart to stop and waiting for the pregnancy to end naturally can only be described as torture,” she says.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/pro-choice-campaigners-target-north-s-abortion-laws-1.3749396

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UK: Victorian abortion law ‘breaches human rights’

Women’s Equality leader calls for decriminalisation as party is set to gather for its first conference

Tracy McVeigh

Sunday 20 November 2016

A campaign to push for abortion to be removed from the justice statutes and decriminalised is to be launched this month by the country’s newest political party.

Sophie Walker, leader of the non-partisan Women’s Equality party, said it was time that abortion was made a sexual health and human rights issue, rather than left languishing under “Victorian criminal law”, where a life prison sentence still exists for procuring a termination. This is a flagship policy for the party, which will hold its first conference in Manchester next weekend. It hopes that with pressure from its supporters, other political parties will take up the issue.

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Source: The Guardian

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