N.Ireland: DUP councillor supports gay marriage and abortion law reform

DUP councillor supports gay marriage and abortion law reform
John Scott with Arlene Foster, pictured in Co Fermanagh during the Westminster election campaign when unionist parties backed the UUP's Tom Elliott

Brendan Hughes
28 November, 2017

Former Alliance councillor Vasundhara Kamble declined to give her personal view on same-sex marriage

A NEW DUP councillor has voiced his support for same-sex marriage and reforming Northern Ireland's abortion laws.

John Scott, who sits on Antrim and Newtownabbey council, said the law on abortion "should be relaxed".

Continued at source: https://www.irishnews.com/news/2017/11/28/news/dup-councillor-supports-gay-marriage-and-abortion-law-reform-1198415/

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Two Brave Women Are At The Centre Of The Fight For Abortion Rights In Northern Ireland, And They Need Your Help

Two Brave Women Are At The Centre Of The Fight For Abortion Rights In Northern Ireland, And They Need Your Help

July 24, 2017
Barbara Davidson Writer, campaigner, mother-of-two.

Northern Ireland women's rights have suddenly become a major political issue, after being ignored or misunderstood by many people in the rest of the UK for years. In light of the DUP-Conservative partnership, many people are waking up to the harsh realities of life for women in Northern Ireland, where having an abortion is a criminal offence in almost all circumstances.

Northern Ireland's abortion laws have recently been hotly debated everywhere from the House of Commons to news bulletins across the country. But behind the dramatic debates, two women from Northern Ireland are at the centre of the fight for reproductive rights in the region.

Continued at source: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/barbara-davidson/ireland-abortion-rights_b_17551822.html

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

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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