Thousands attend Dublin abortion rights protest

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Thousands attend Dublin abortion rights protest
March for Choice is first major march since timeframe of referendum unveiled
Sat, Sep 30, 2017
Ronan McGreevy, Ciarán D'Arcy

Thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin on Saturday calling for the liberalisation of Ireland’s abortion laws.

The demonstration began at the Garden of Remembrance at 2pm and progressed down O’Connell Street, before turning onto the quays and crossing over the Liffey. From there it proceeded up Pearse Street and towards the rally area in Merrion Square.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/thousands-attend-dublin-abortion-rights-protest-1.3239832

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UK: Stella Creasy criticises NI Health Department on abortion

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Stella Creasy criticises NI Health Department on abortion
By Mark Devenport BBC News NI Political Editor

8 August 2017

A Labour MP has strongly criticised Northern Ireland's Department of Health for not updating abortion guidance to health professionals.

Stella Creasy played a crucial role in changing government policy on NI women seeking abortions in England.

She told a discussion at the West Belfast Festival she was "absolutely horrified" by the department's stance.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-40867182

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UK: Stella Creasy ‘received Jo Cox-style death threat from anti-abortion activist’

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Stella Creasy 'received Jo Cox-style death threat from anti-abortion activist'

Kate Proctor, Political Reporter
Thursday 6 July 2017

A London MP has called in police after receiving a death threat from an alleged anti-abortion activist saying she will die like Jo Cox.

Stella Creasy said she had received a torrent of abuse since forcing the Government to fund abortions for Northern Irish women arriving in England.

Continued at source: The Standard: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/stella-creasy-received-jo-coxstyle-death-threat-from-antiabortion-activist-a3581291.html

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UK: DUP MP says ‘right of unborn child will trump any political agreement’ with Tories

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DUP MP says 'right of unborn child will trump any political agreement' with Tories

Ian Paisley Jr issues 'warning' to MPs who might seek to raise issue in the Commons

Ben Kentish
Wednesday 5 July 2017

The DUP will not compromise on its anti-abortion views as part of its deal with the Conservatives, one of the party’s MPs has said.

Ian Paisley Jr, the son of DUP founder Ian Paisley, said his party’s anti-abortion commitments “trump any political deal” and issued a warning to any MPs who try to raise the issue in the House of Commons. The party has signed a formal agreement to back Theresa May in key Commons votes after she saw her parliamentary majority evaporate at the general election.

Continued at source: the Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/dup-abortion-no-compromise-conservatives-tories-deal-mp-ian-paisley-jr-northern-ireland-a7824141.html

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UK: Weakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn

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Weakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn

Sarah Sachs-Eldridge, Socialist Party national organizer
July 4, 2017

Thursday 29 June 2017 saw a significant step forward for women in Northern Ireland (NI). Funding to cover the financial costs for them to access abortions in England was pledged by the Tory minority government.

The Tories' 'supply and confidence' deal with the ten DUP MPs turned a spotlight on Northern Irish politics. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act that introduced free, legal abortion for women in England, Wales and Scotland within certain limitations. It was understood by those who fought for this legislation that women should have the right to choose when and whether to have children and that the right to an abortion is a life or death issue. But no major party in NI supports extending it there.

Continued at source: Socialist Party: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/955/25805/05-07-2017/weakened-tories-forced-into-northern-ireland-abortion-u-turn

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Abortions for Northern Irish women to be funded in Wales

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Abortions for Northern Irish women to be funded in Wales

4 July 2017

The Welsh NHS will fund abortions for women from Northern Ireland, the first minister has said.

It follows a UK government decision for the NHS in England to do so after MPs threatened to rebel on the issue.

The MPs were concerned because of the Tories' deal with the Democratic Unionists who back the tighter abortion restrictions in Northern Ireland.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-40497537

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UK: The power of the pro-choice movement

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The power of the pro-choice movement

Ann Furedi
CEO, BPAS
3 July 2017

The Tories’ Northern Ireland concession shows how much things have changed.

Although the announcement that the government will fund abortions in England for women from Northern Ireland appeared to come out of nowhere, the issue has been a festering sore for successive governments for years.

Of all the demands of the UK pro-choice movement, equity in access to abortion services for women from Northern Ireland has traditionally been the one that attracts the most sympathy.

Continued at source: Spiked: http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-power-of-the-pro-choice-movement/20032

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UK: BPAS withdraws abortion fees for Northern Irish women

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BPAS withdraws abortion fees for Northern Irish women
British Pregnancy Advisory Services acts ‘in response to government’s commitment to provide abortion care funding’

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Monday 3 July 2017

Northern Irish women who travel to England, Scotland or Wales to have abortions will no longer have to pay consultation and treatment fees to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.

BPAS announced on Monday that it had decided also to refund women from the region who used their services last Friday, after the threat of a parliamentary defeat over the Queen’s speech last week forced the government to scrap its policy of not funding abortions on the NHS for Northern Irish women in other parts of Britain.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/03/bpas-withdraws-abortion-fees-northern-irish-women

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The highs and lows of one hectic day in Northern Ireland’s abortion struggle

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The highs and lows of one hectic day in Northern Ireland’s abortion struggle

July 2, 2017 12.28pm EDT
Marie Fox and Sheelagh McGuinness

The deal struck by the Democratic Unionist Party to prop up Theresa May’s Conservative minority government in London has led to unprecedented interest in the politics of Northern Ireland.

This interest intensified on June 29, when several key developments in the debate around access to abortion occurred at once.

Continued at source: The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/the-highs-and-lows-of-one-hectic-day-in-northern-irelands-abortion-struggle-80238

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UK: Government U-turns on NHS abortions for Northern Ireland women

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Government U-turns on NHS abortions for Northern Ireland women

The Government is heading off a possible defeat on the issue at the hands of Labour

Jon Stone, Rob Merrick
Thursday 29 June 2017

The English NHS will provide free abortions for women visiting from Northern Ireland, the Government has announced.

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the policy change in the House of Commons after Labour proposed an amendment to the Queen's Speech that would have forced the change.

The amendment, proposed by MP Stella Creasy, was picked for a vote later today – and was expected to be backed by some Tory backbenchers.

Continued at source: The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/northern-ireland-nhs-abortions-uk-pay-terminations-pregnancy-philip-hammond-dup-a7814606.html

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