Northern Irish doctors’ group to fight abortion pill prosecutions
Pro-choice organisation opposes medics being forced to report women to the police
Sun 11 Aug 2019
A new pro-choice doctors’ organisation has been established in Northern Ireland to defend physician-patient confidentiality over the use of banned abortion pills.
Doctors for Choice Northern Ireland said they were opposed to healthcare professionals in the region being forced to report women and girls to the police if they procured abortion pills.
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.
Pro-choice groups raise concerns over possible delays to Northern Ireland abortion law
No 10’s document suggests it may take up to 18 months to implement legislation
Peter Walker, Political correspondent
Wed 17 Jul 2019
Pressure groups have warned against lengthy delays to extending abortion rights to Northern Ireland following a landmark legal amendment last week, after a government document said the process could take as long as 18 months to implement.
Downing Street has committed to introducing the abortion plan after an amendment to a separate Northern Ireland bill by the Labour MP Stella Creasy was passed overwhelmingly by the Commons.
Abortion clause will not work, says Baroness O'Loan
July 16, 2019
An attempt by MPs to liberalise abortion in Northern Ireland is "not workable" in its current form, Baroness Nuala O'Loan has said.
Last week, MPs voted to change Northern Ireland's abortion law and introduce same-sex marriage if devolution is not restored at Stormont by 21 October.
Baroness O'Loan said MPs had "hijacked" a Northern Ireland bill to push through changes without any consultation.
The Guardian view on abortion in Northern Ireland: standing up for women’s rights
With devolution still on hold, the decision by a huge majority of MPs to vote in favour of equal marriage and abortion should be welcomed
Thu 11 Jul 2019
The law on abortion in Northern Ireland is an anomaly that should have been dealt with long ago. The near-total ban, dating back to 1861 and including abortion in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality, is among the most restrictive in the world. It is also an affront to the rights of women – as both the UK supreme court and a United Nations committee ruled separately last year.
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.
MPs vote to extend abortion and same-sex marriage rights to Northern Ireland
Westminster government has said it will honour both results despite ministerial doubts
Peter Walker, and Rory Carroll in Dublin
Tue 9 Jul 2019
MPs have voted resoundingly to extend same-sex marriage and access to abortion to Northern Ireland, bringing the region into line with the rest of the UK on the two significant social issues.
The two historic votes, arriving within little more than a quarter of an hour of each other, were greeted ecstatically by equalities campaigners. With ministers promising to respect the results, they could have vital repercussions for people in Northern Ireland.
MPs are trying to change both abortion and equal marriage laws in Northern Ireland with a single bill
MPs are using the Northern Ireland (executive formation) bill to raise issues of abortion and equal marriage
Tuesday July 9th 2019
MPs are debating the extention of UK law to legalise same sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland in the House of Commons, as part of a bill relating to the devolved government.
MPs in Westminster began the second and final day of debate on the Northern Ireland (executive formation) bill on Tuesday.
Government obliged to legalise abortion in Northern Ireland, says Labour MP
Stella Creasy backed by 60 cross-party MPs calling for human rights to be upheld
Peter Walker, Political correspondent
Fri 5 Jul 2019
The Labour MP Stella Creasy is leading another attempt to extend access to abortion to Northern Ireland, tabling an amendment arguing that the government is obliged to do this to comply with human rights obligations.
Up to 60 MPs from across different parties were expected to co-sign the amendment, according to the Walthamstow MP, who has tried in the past to change Northern Ireland’s notoriously strict abortion laws.
Jeremy Hunt Told Us He "Authorised" The Funding Of Abortions For Northern Irish Women. Campaigners Beg To Disagree.
The government only agreed to fund abortions for women from Northern Ireland after Hunt opposed a legal challenge by a mother and daughter seeking NHS funding for abortions for Northern Irish women.
June 18, 2019
Hannah Al-Othman, BuzzFeed News Reporter
Tory leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt has been criticised by abortion rights campaigners for claiming credit for the funding the government provides for women in Northern Ireland to travel to England to get abortions.
At a hustings event in Westminster on Monday, BuzzFeed News asked Hunt whether, if he became prime minister, he would extend abortion rights to women in Northern Ireland, where it is currently illegal in most circumstances, including cases of rape, incest, and fatal foetal abnormalities.