Gay marriage and abortion: Why are there different laws in Northern Ireland?

Gay marriage and abortion: Why are there different laws in Northern Ireland?

July 23, 2019

The strict laws on abortion and the ban on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland are set to change.

A bill bringing laws more in line with the rest of the UK, where access to abortion is easier and same-sex marriage is legal, has passed its final stage in Westminster.

How does Northern Ireland differ?
At the moment, same-sex marriage is not legal and access to abortion is severely restricted.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-49009056

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N.Ireland – Efforts to bring abortion to North ‘insidious,’ says Foster

Efforts to bring abortion to North ‘insidious,’ says Foster
DUP leader says renewed effort to bring in same sex marriage likely to succeed

July 21, 2019
Gerry Moriarty

Efforts to bring in abortion legislation through the Northern Ireland Bill currently making its way through Westminster were “insidious”, the DUP leader Arlene Foster said on Sunday.

Under the Bill, same sex marriage and a more liberal abortion regime would be introduced to Northern Ireland unless the Northern Executive and Assembly, which has been suspended for more than two-and-a-half years, was restored by October 21st this year.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/efforts-to-bring-abortion-to-north-insidious-says-foster-1.3963079

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Ireland – Harris wants free abortions for women from Northern Ireland

Harris wants free abortions for women from Northern Ireland

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
November 12 2018

The Irish government is trying to find a way to offer free abortion services to women from Northern Ireland.

Sources close to Simon Harris said the health minister was “frustrated” by legal barriers that would block the state from covering the cost of an abortion for women coming from the North once the law in the republic is changed.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/harris-wants-free-abortions-for-women-from-northern-ireland-hbhphbdj5

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Harris under pressure to ease abortion restrictions

Harris under pressure to ease abortion restrictions

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
November 1 2018

Simon Harris has come under pressure from a prominent pro-choice TD to lift strict requirements for women who need abortions.

Kate O’Connell, the Fine Gael TD, has tabled amendments to the health minister’s abortion bill including one that would lift a requirement for women to be examined by a medical professional before they can have a termination.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/harris-under-pressure-to-ease-abortion-restrictions-j6v35nxpb

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Ireland – Sinn Féin suspends Peadar Toibin for going against party policy on abortion laws

Sinn Féin suspends Peadar Toibin for going against party policy on abortion laws

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Peadar Toibin has been suspended from Sinn Féin for six months for voting against the proposed abortion legislation.

Deputy Toibin, who supported a No vote in the referendum, went against Sinn Féin policy when he chose not to back the new laws last week.

Sinn Féin whip Aengus O'Snodaigh said all party TDs were told to support the legislation in the Dáil.

Peadar Toibin did not, which the party has described as a "serious breach" of the party's rules.

Source: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/sinn-fein-suspends-peadar-toibin-for-going-against-party-policy-on-abortion-laws-882547.html

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‘Disciplinary proceedings’ to be initiated against Tóibín for breaking ranks on abortion legislation

'Disciplinary proceedings' to be initiated against Tóibín for breaking ranks on abortion legislation
The Termination of Pregnancy Bill passed by 102 votes to 12.

Oct 23, 2018

DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS ARE to be initiated against Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín, who broke ranks with his party’s policy by voting against the abortion legislation in the Dáil today.

As indicated by Sinn Féin party leader Mary Lou McDonald in April, Tóibín could face suspension from the party.

Continued: http://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-legislation-3-4301107-Oct2018/

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Ireland – Sinn Féin warns against ‘filibustering’ during abortion bill debate

Sinn Féin warns against 'filibustering' during abortion bill debate

Tuesday, 16 Oct 2018
By Conor McMorrow, Reporter, RTÉ Political Staff

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has asked for a "full, deliberative and frank debate" on the legislation to change Ireland's abortion laws but cautioned against filibustering.

The debate on the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018 resumed this evening. Ms McDonald said "this legislation will require very, very careful thought and deliberation".

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/2018/1016/1004645-abortion-dail-debate/

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Northern Ireland – McDonald calls for reality check to overcome abortion objections

McDonald calls for reality check to overcome abortion objections
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald has said those supporting the ongoing ban on abortion in Northern Ireland need “a reality check”.

On a visit to London for a meeting with Theresa May, Mrs McDonald repeated her call for abortion reform north of the border following Ireland’s historic referendum last month.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/mcdonald-calls-for-reality-check-to-overcome-abortion-objections-850105.html

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Ireland – Sinn Fein votes to back relaxation of abortion laws

Sinn Fein votes to back relaxation of abortion laws
Party backs motion to support reform following historic referendum vote in Republic

Tom Barnes
June 16 2018

Sinn Fein has voted “decisively” to support the liberalisation of abortion law across the island of Ireland following the historic vote to legalise the procedure in the Republic.

Party members overwhelmingly backed a motion calling to terminations to be provided through a GP-led service for a “limited gestational period”.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sinn-fein-abortion-policy-legalisation-laws-northern-ireland-republic-a8402706.html

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

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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