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.
What I've learnt running a pro-choice stall in Belfast every week
The draconian abortion laws in Northern Ireland are a disgrace, and every Saturday I take to the streets to convince people we need to change them
July 9, 2017
In April 2016, a young woman living in Northern Ireland took abortion pills she ordered from the internet. Her housemates reported her to the police, and the Public Prosecution Service decided to bring her to trial.
The maximum sentence she faced was life imprisonment; she received a three-month suspended sentence. I felt I had to do something.
Continued at source: The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/abortion-northern-ireland-womens-issues-choice-a7831561.html