Northern Irish women told to sail to England for abortions despite pandemic
Amanda Ferguson, Reuters
April 7, 2020
BELFAST — Northern Irish women seeking an abortion have been told they must take an 8-hour ferry to England despite the lockdown, as the regional government resists pressure to offer abortions locally and the coronavirus pandemic stops flights.
Abortion was decriminalized in Northern Ireland last year after the British parliament bypassed opposition from socially conservative Christian politicians in Belfast to bring the region into line with the rest of the United Kingdom, where abortion has been legal for decades.
CAMPAIGNERS WELCOME HISTORIC DAY AS ABORTION DECRIMINALISED IN NORTHERN IRELAND
21st October 2019
For immediate release
Today is a landmark moment for reproductive rights in Northern Ireland, and for women and girls who have been living under one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world. At midnight tonight, abortion will be decriminalised, and we will be one step closer to free, safe, legal and local abortion in Northern Ireland. Women and girls in Northern Ireland have been left behind for too long - and today marks a historic step in bringing this cruel injustice to an end.
In July 2019, the UK Parliament voted in favour of an amendment proposed by Stella Creasy MP and supported by pro-choice groups across the UK. Section 9 of the Northern Ireland Executive Formation Bill 2019 passed by 332-99 votes in the House of Commons and 182-37 in the House of Lords. Section 9 states that decriminalisation of abortion would take effect if no Executive was formed in Northern Ireland by October 21st.
Northern Ireland’s Abortion Laws Are Archaic – But The Fight Isn’t Over
Today’s ruling is a hard-won victory for women. Now, we need to confine these cruel laws to history, writes BPAS’ Katherine O’Brien.
By Katherine O'Brien
On Thursday a ruling from the High Court in Belfast has confirmed what campaigners, healthcare providers, and the women of Northern Ireland have known for years – that the country’s archaic, cruel abortion law is in breach of the UK’s human rights commitments.
This is a hard-won victory. Sarah Ewart is a young mother who had to travel to England for an abortion after receiving the devastating diagnosis that her baby would not survive outside the womb. Sarah has spent years in and out of court in order to challenge the near-total abortion ban which does not permit abortion in cases of fatal foetal anomaly. The ruling on Thursday that the current ban is in breach of her human rights is a testament to her bravery and courage.
BBC condemned for 'completely outdated' abortion position by women’s healthcare organisations
'We were absolutely shocked by corporation's stance,' says spokesperson for UK’s largest provider
Maya Oppenheim, Women's Correspondent @mayaoppenheim
Feb 13, 2019
Women’s healthcare organisations have voiced outrage over the BBC's “completely outdated” position on abortion after the broadcaster failed to provide information on its website because the issue was deemed too "contentious".
The furore surfaced after last week’s episode of period drama Call the Midwife in which one of the characters died as a result of complications from an illegal “backstreet” abortion.
Theresa May is throwing Northern Irish women under the bus to protect her own weak majority
Co-Chair of Alliance for Choice Tuesday
29 Jan 2019
If you turn on the television or radio this week, you will likely hear men in suits discussing the future of Brexit. There will be business people, lorry drivers, farmers and fisherman debating the prospect of what might happen if the UK leaves the EU without a deal in two months time.
But as the clock ticks on towards 29 March and MPs scramble to stop a no-deal Brexit, there is a consequence that has received little media attention, and it could be one of the most serious yet.
Google Maps is directing British women to fake abortion clinics
'These groups are not pro-life – they are anti-women'
Nov 5, 2018
Women in the UK seeking an abortion are being directed by Google Maps to pro-life organisations.
Search results for abortion clinics on the web mapping service suggest addresses and phone numbers for a number of “pregnancy crisis centres” - non-profit organisations which counsel pregnant women against having an abortion.
50 MPs Call For Women In England To Be Able To Take Abortion Pills At Home
Women can begin to miscarry on their way home from clinics, under current regulations.
By Nicola Slawson
July 16, 2018
MPs are calling on the new health and social care secretary to allow women in England to take the second pill required for an abortion at home.
In a letter, which has gained cross-party support from more than 50 MPs, Matt Hancock has been urged to remove the restriction, which requires women to take both drugs (mifepristone and misoprostol) at a licensed clinic or hospital.
Women allowed to take abortion pill at home in Wales
29 June 2018
A decision to allow women to take abortion pills at home in Wales has been welcomed as a "significant" move.
Until now they have had to take two trips to clinics to take medication to terminate the pregnancy, sometimes miles from home.
A charity said women had experienced cramping and bleeding, at times on public transport, trying to get home after taking the pill.
The Conservatives' New Vice Chair For Women Wants Abortion To Remain A Criminal Act
Tory MP Maria Caulfield last year argued that decriminalising abortion could threaten the "dignity and rights of the unborn child".
Posted on January 8, 2018
Laura Silver, BuzzFeed News Reporter
The Conservatives' new vice chair for women has vehemently opposed a reform that would see abortion taken out of criminal law.
In a debate about the issue last year, Maria Caulfield, Conservative MP for Lewes, who was appointed to the position during Monday's cabinet reshuffle, told the Commons: "I, and many colleagues who share my views, will not be silenced as we seek to be a voice for the voiceless, and as we argue for more modern and humane abortion law that upholds not only the dignity and rights of women but the dignity and rights of the unborn child."
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MP Maria Caulfield, Who Opposed Decriminalising Abortion, Appointed Tory Vice Chair For Women
'It is an appalling decision.'
Jan 08, 2018
Kate Forrester, Political reporter, HuffPost UK
Abortion rights campaigners say they are “incredibly disappointed” Maria Caulfield has been made Conservative vice chair for women in Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle.
The Lewes MP said she was “delighted” with the job, which will see her serve alongside newly-installed party chair Brandon Lewis and vice chair James Cleverly.
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