Isle of Man: Bishop’s witnesses begin their evidence in abortion debate

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Bishop's witnesses begin their evidence in abortion debate

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Witnesses called by Bishop Peter Eagles to support his arguments against aspects of the Abortion Reform Bill began their evidence this morning.

The Bishop, who is also set to table a series of amendments to the Abortion Reform Bill at the clauses stage, warned that unless he could be persuaded otherwise, he would vote against the second reading of the bill.

He called three witnesses to go before the Legislative Council today.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=41159&headline=Bishop%27s%20witnesses%20begin%20their%20evidence%20in%20abortion%20debate&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

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Isle of Man – Abortion: Adjourn attempt is defeated

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Abortion: Adjourn attempt is defeated

Saturday, 28 April 2018 - Politics
by A Reporter

An attempt to delay this week’s debate on the Abortion Reform Bill was thwarted by MHKs.

Alfred Cannan (Ayre and Michael) made a surprise move to adjourn the debate for seven days, expressing concern that Attorney General John Quinn had not been asked to give his view on the implications of the bill, particularly new elements such as access zone clauses.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=40100&headline=Abortion:%20Adjourn%20attempt%20is%20defeated&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

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Isle of Man – Allinson consults on abortion reform bill clause

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Allinson consults on abortion reform bill clause

Wednesday, 21 February 2018
By A Reporter in Politics

The MHK steering abortion reform proposals through the House of Keys is consulting with a UK expert to see if one of the clauses needs to be re-worded.

During last week’s House of Keys, it was suggested that the wording of clauses covering when an abortion would be permitted after 24 weeks might need to match the UK law, if that was to be where most such procedures would be carried out.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=38735&headline=Allinson%20consults%20on%20abortion%20reform%20bill&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

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Isle of Man: Anti-reform group seize upon phone poll results on abortion issue

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Anti-reform group seize upon phone poll results on abortion issue

Wednesday, 21 February 2018
By A Reporter in Health

Campaigners fighting plans to reform the island’s abortion law have seized on the findings of a poll that they believe undermine the results of an earlier government consultation.

Anti-reform group CARE paid for UK research company ComRes to conduct a telephone poll into the issue. The questions were compiled by ComRes and former GP Graham McAll, who has campaigned against abortion reform.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=38762&headline=ComRes%20abortion%20research%20results&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

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Abortion bill to go before House of Keys in January, MHK says

Ellan Vannin
Nov 16, 2017

The final draft of a bill proposing reforms to the Isle of Man's abortion law will be presented to the government in January, an MHK has said.

Dr Alex Allinson has spent 11 months working on the Abortion Reform Bill 2017, which was heavily backed in a recent public consultation.

The Ramsey MHK said he would meet with legal experts to discuss changes ahead of it going before the House of Keys.

Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-41996396

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Isle of Man abortion law reform backed by public

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Isle of Man abortion law reform backed by public

24 October 2017

Ellan Vannin

Plans to reform Manx abortion law so that pregnant women can request a termination up to 14 weeks have been backed by the public in a consultation. The majority of the 3,644 who responded agreed with the draft Abortion Reform Bill 2017 which would also see restrictions relaxed after 14 weeks.

Terminations can only be carried out if a pregnancy is the result of rape or because of mental health concerns. The Abortion Bill is due to be debated in Tynwald in the near future.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-41736830

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Isle of Man: Sex selection not part of abortion reforms

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Sex selection not part of abortion reforms

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Debate continues over termination criteria

A new legal query has been thrown up in the ongoing public debate over reform of the Island's abortion laws.

Responders to a public consultation have asked whether or not abortion could be prompted by sex selection requests.

Continued at source: Manx Radio: http://www.manxradio.com/news/isle-of-man-news/sex-selection-not-part-of-reforms/

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Isle of Man: CALM: Video highlights abortion plight of Isle of Man women

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CALM: Video highlights abortion plight of Isle of Man women
by LC
Aug 22, 2017

Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (CALM) is proud to present a YouTube video about the difficulties Isle of Man women face having to travel off-Island for terminations.

A Freedom Seeker Production by Kara Varetto, this short film features the real stories of Island women, voiced by actresses.

https://youtu.be/d5xZjJY16uo

Continued at source: http://www.isleofman.com/News/details/83794/calm-video-highlights-abortion-plight-of-isle-of-man-women

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Isle of Man: Statement from Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (CALM)

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Statement from Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (CALM)
August 7, 2017, by LC

The Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (CALM) is delighted that Dr Alex Allinson MHK's draft Abortion Reform Bill was published today, and that the public consultation is now underway.

Throughout our campaign we have emphasised the need for abortions to be available on the Island, particularly in the earliest stages of pregnancy, to avoid woman having to travel across at their own expense resulting in later, more invasive and more expensive procedures.

CALM is also pleased that the need for counselling has been given special mention in the draft legislation.

Our key message now is: reply to this consultation with your views.

"We know CALM's pro-choice message has been heard loud and clear across the Isle of Man," says CALM's Samantha Morris, "and now is your chance to have your say. Please read the draft Bill and respond to the consultation. It's not very long and it's not very complicated, but it really will help to form a unique piece of legislation written to meet the needs of the Island's women. If you don't respond, then you don't have a voice."

The draft Abortion Reform Bill and consultation can be found at: https://consult.gov.im/office-of-the-clerk-of-tynwald/abortion-reform-bill-2017/

Source: Manx.net: https://www.manx.net/isle-of-man-news/83681/statement-from-campaign-for-abortion-law-modernisation-calm-

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Isle of Man: ‘Inadequate’ evidence for abortion reform

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'Inadequate' evidence for abortion reform

Thursday, 2 February 2017
by Adrian Darbyshire

There is insufficient evidence about the physical or mental harm caused by abortion to make a clinical case on whether abortion law should be reformed, a health service paper concludes.

In the House of Keys last week, Health Minister Kate Beecroft voted against giving Dr Alex Allinson leave to introduce a private member’s bill on abortion law reform.

She told MHKs that there was no medical evidence to support either side of the debate. ’It does not come down clearly either way,’ she said, adding that left societal attitudes and expectations as the basis for possible change. ’We do not have that evidence,’ she said.

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Source: IOM Today:http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=31762&headline=%27Inadequate%27%20evidence%20for%20abortion%20reform&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2017

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