UK – Stella Creasy’s abortion law campaign showed practical politics at its best

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Stella Creasy’s abortion law campaign showed practical politics at its best
Courteous, attentive and largely free of partisan posturing, the debate on Northern Ireland’s law was a triumph of cross-party collaboration

Helen Lewis
Sun 10 Jun 2018

The most striking moment in politics last week was not David Davis’s fifth (unfulfilled) threat to resign. Nor was it Boris Johnson’s latest (unpunished) violation of collective responsibility. It wasn’t even the spectacle of hours of intense cabinet psychodrama finally resulting in a customs proposal that was instantly shot down by the EU’s chief negotiator. In Brexitland, a lot happens – but very little changes.

No, the week’s most interesting political event came late on Monday, when the Speaker, John Bercow, asked if he had “the leave of the House” to grant Labour backbencher Stella Creasy an emergency debate on Northern Irish abortion law. In silence, the vast majority of the MPs present in the Commons stood up – and the debate was granted. Supporters of the motion included the new minister for women, Penny Mordaunt, and Karen Bradley, the secretary of state for Northern Ireland.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/10/stella-creasy-abortion-law-campaign-practical-politics-at-its-best

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Government under pressure over ‘incompatible’ Northern Ireland abortion law

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Government under pressure over ‘incompatible’ Northern Ireland abortion law
Pro-choice campaigners demand action after Supreme Court judges say ban on terminations needs ‘radical reconsideration’.

June 7 2018

The Government is facing mounting pressure to reform abortion laws in Northern Ireland after Supreme Court judges said they were incompatible with human rights legislation.

Pro-choice campaigners demanded action after a majority of Supreme Court judges said the ban on terminations in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality needed “radical reconsideration”.

Continued: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/government-under-pressure-over-incompatible-northern-ireland-abortion-law-36986743.html

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Northern Ireland abortion law clashes with human rights, judges say

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Northern Ireland abortion law clashes with human rights, judges say
Supreme court dismisses bid to overturn law but adds to pressure on politicians to act

Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent
Thu 7 Jun 2018

Pressure is growing on the government to reform Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws after the supreme court concluded that they are incompatible with human rights legislation.

Justices at the UK’s highest court dismissed a legal challenge by a narrow majority of four to three and said they had no jurisdiction to consider the latest case because there was no actual or potential victim of an unlawful act involved in it.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/07/supreme-court-dismisses-bid-to-overturn-northern-ireland-abortion-laws

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NI abortion law should be changed at Stormont, Sinn Féin says

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NI abortion law should be changed at Stormont, Sinn Féin says
Michelle O’Neill open to Intergovernmental Conference tackling issue in absence of powersharing

June 5, 2018
Amanda Ferguson Belfast

Legislative change on abortion in Northern Ireland should be brought about by the Stormont Assembly or through the British and Irish Intergovernmental Conference, Sinn Fén vice president Michelle O’Neill has said.

She was speaking after a three-hour debate in the House of Commons on a proposal to repeal two sections of the 1861 Offences against the Person Act (OAPA) which criminalise abortion in the North.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/ni-abortion-law-should-be-changed-at-stormont-sinn-f%C3%A9in-says-1.3520468

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UK government calls for Northern Ireland to consider abortion reforms

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UK government calls for Northern Ireland to consider abortion reforms
Tuesday, 5 Jun 2018

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley has said she personally backs abortion reform but the Northern Assembly must be restored to consider the issue to avoid disenfranchising 1.8 million people in the UK.

She confirmed that if abortion came before the House of Commons in London, a free vote would take place, as it is a "matter of conscience".

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/uk/2018/0605/968195-oapa/

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Ireland – McDonald says abortion law in NI should be ‘in kilter’ with Republic

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McDonald says abortion law in NI should be ‘in kilter’ with Republic
Sinn Féin launches party campaign in favour of repeal ahead of the May ‘date with destiny’

April 20, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Sinn Féin will seek to harmonise abortion laws across the country if the Eighth Amendment is removed from the Constitution.

Abortion is banned in almost all circumstances in Northern Ireland, while in the Republic it is permitted only when a mother’s life is at risk.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/mcdonald-says-abortion-law-in-ni-should-be-in-kilter-with-republic-1.3467592

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Ireland: Sinn Féin leadership facing potential rebellion over abortion vote

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Sinn Féin leadership facing potential rebellion over abortion vote
Michelle O'Neill backed the liberalisation of Sinn Féin's abortion policy

JOHN MANLEY
20 November, 2017

SINN Féin is facing potential rebellion in its in ranks following the decision to liberalise the party’s abortion policy.

On Saturday, in the wake of an at times heated debate over an ard chomhairle-backed motion, delegates at the ard fheis voted to support a policy that extends access to terminations.

Continued at source: http://www.irishnews.com/news/2017/11/20/news/sinn-fe-in-leadership-facing-potential-dissent-over-abortion-vote-1191546/

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Ireland: Sinn Féin to vote on liberalising abortion stance

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Sinn Féin to vote on liberalising abortion stance
By Mark Devenport BBC News NI Political Editor

Nov 17, 2017

Sinn Féin members are set to vote on the possibility of liberalising the party's policy on abortion.

A motion will be put to allow abortions in cases when "a woman's life, health or mental health is at serious risk or in grave danger, fatal foetal abnormality and rape or sexual abuse".

Michelle O'Neill will back the motion which will set the party policy for both NI and the Republic of Ireland.

Continued at source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-42024090

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