Abortion: NIO to launch campaign on abortion law
By Mark Devenport, BBC News NI Political Editor
1 October 2019
The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) is planning to launch an awareness campaign related to the likely change in the law on abortion.
NI law will change if the power-sharing executive at Stormont is not restored by 21 October.
The awareness campaign is expected to launch early next month.
The Long Road Ahead For Abortion & Same-Sex Marriage In Northern Ireland
Emma Gallen, Alliance For Choice
10 July 2019
Last year, when the results of Ireland’s big referenda on same-sex marriage and abortion rights came, people knew what was coming. There had been a build up, and they were ready to celebrate (or commiserate) surrounded by those they had campaigned alongside for decades.
By contrast, last night in Northern Ireland, after MPs in Westminster surprised us all by actually voting in favour of liberalising abortion and extending same-sex marriage to us if our executive – Stormont – isn’t sitting by 21st October (ICYMI they’ve been on hiatus since January 2017), festivities were a bit more last minute.
The urgent need for abortion law reform in Northern Ireland
David Pannick, QC
June 20, 2018
The recent Supreme Court judgment on abortion rights in Northern Ireland provides a compelling argument for law reform. There, it is a criminal offence for a pregnant woman to have an abortion, and for clinicians to assist her to do so, unless there is a risk to her life or a risk of serious long-term or permanent injury to her physical or medical health. Otherwise an abortion is unlawful, even if the pregnancy results from rape or incest, and even if there is a foetal abnormality that means that the foetus will die in the womb or very shortly after delivery. In such cases the law compels the woman to carry the foetus to term.
The Supreme Court of seven judges heard a claim brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission challenging these provisions under the Human Rights Act (HRA).