New Northern Ireland abortion rules voted in by MPs must be accepted at Assembly, says minister

New Northern Ireland abortion rules voted in by MPs must be accepted at Assembly, says minister

George Ryan
June 05 2020

Stormont must accept new regulations on abortion made in Westminster despite them being rejected by the Assembly, the Northern Ireland minister has announced.

MPs voted last July to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland if the Stormont Assembly was not up and running by October.

Continued: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/new-northern-ireland-abortion-rules-voted-in-by-mps-must-be-accepted-at-assembly-says-minister-39260793.html


UK – Labour MP contributes to abortion debate with her baby in her arms

Labour MP contributes to abortion debate with her baby in her arms
Labour’s Stella Creasy was targeted by anti-abortion campaigners during her pregnancy last year.

June 4, 2020

A Labour MP has contributed to a debate on abortion regulation in Northern Ireland while cradling her baby daughter in her arms.

Labour’s Stella Creasy, who has long campaigned for abortion to be decriminalised in Northern Ireland, warned that devolution “doesn’t absolve us of our responsibility to uphold the human rights of every UK citizen”.

Continued: https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2020/06/04/labour-mp-contributes-to-abortion-debate-with-her-baby-in-her-arms/


UK – Court upholds ban on anti-abortion poster targeting Stella Creasy

Court upholds ban on anti-abortion poster targeting Stella Creasy
Christian Hacking challenged council order over ‘StopStella’ ad on human rights grounds

Owen Bowcott, Legal affairs correspondent
Wed 6 May 2020

An anti-abortion campaigner who is banned from displaying a poster featuring an image of a dead foetus alongside a picture of the Labour MP Stella Creasy has failed to overturn a council order against him.

Christian Hacking challenged the imposition of a community protection notice (CPN) after he put up the image of what he said was a “24-week-old aborted baby girl” in Creasy’s constituency in Walthamstow, north-east London.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/06/court-upholds-ban-on-anti-abortion-poster-targeting-stella-creasy


Northern Ireland confirms abortions can now be carried out

Northern Ireland confirms abortions can now be carried out
Services should have been available since 31 March, prompting claims of stalling

Henry McDonald
Thu 9 Apr 2020

Northern Ireland authorities confirmed on Thursday that abortions can now be carried out in the province’s hospitals, following threatened legal action by pro-choice groups.

Health officials signalled that terminations could go ahead after allegations that local anti-choice politicians were stalling implementation of a ruling that provided for services to be introduced by the end of March.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/09/northern-ireland-confirms-abortions-can-now-be-carried-out


UK – Coronavirus: Home abortions approved during outbreak

Coronavirus: Home abortions approved during outbreak

By Jim Connolly, Newsbeat politics editor
31 March 2020

Patients in England can now have home abortions during the Covid-19 outbreak, the government in England has said.

Abortion policy has changed several times during the current pandemic.

Women and girls wanting to terminate an early pregnancy were first told the service would be available but that decision was then retracted.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-52092131


Abortion provision thrown into doubt by coronavirus pandemic

Abortion provision thrown into doubt by coronavirus pandemic

By Laura Smith-Spark, Valentina Di Donato and Stephanie Halasz, CNN
March 27, 2020

London (CNN)As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe, women's access to abortion is one of many healthcare provisions thrown into jeopardy.

The UK government caused confusion this week when it first announced that women would temporarily be allowed to access early medical abortion at home, rather than attending a clinic -- and then, hours later, reversed its decision.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/27/health/coronavirus-abortion-access-intl/index.html


Coronavirus is making abortion access more difficult in the UK

Coronavirus is making abortion access more difficult in the UK

By Rachel Thompson
March 25, 2020

The UK is now under lockdown. Britons are only permitted to leave their homes for food, health reasons, or work (if it's not possible to be done from home) in a bid to slow the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

Abortion services in the UK are under considerable strain as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Women with severe health issues who've been advised to self-isolate say they're being forced to choose between risking their health by leaving their house and continuing with an unwanted pregnancy that could imperil their health, according to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS).

Continued: https://mashable.com/article/coronavirus-abortion-access-uk/


Anti-abortion protests anger Cardiff students

Anti-abortion protests anger Cardiff students
University has been targeted after students’ union adopted official pro-choice stance

Sally Weale, Education correspondent
Thu 30 Jan 2020

Students at Cardiff University have expressed anger after anti-abortion activists returned on the first day of the new term to protest outside the students’ union.

It was the fourth demonstration to be held at the university in recent weeks and again featured large-scale graphic images, which students say cause “undue distress and trauma”.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/jan/30/anti-abortion-protests-anger-cardiff-students


UK – Anti-abortion activists increasingly targeting UK university students

Anti-abortion activists increasingly targeting UK university students
NUS reports rise in anti-abortion societies in students’ unions and demonstrations nationwide

Sally Weale, Education correspondent
Sun 5 Jan 2020

Anti-abortion campaigners are increasingly targeting students at UK universities, where there has been a rise in the number of anti-abortion societies on campus and demonstrations by outside groups displaying graphic imagery.

The campaign has gathered momentum on the back of a continuing debate about freedom of speech in universities. Some student unions have been threatened with legal action if they attempt to prevent anti-abortion groups opening on campus.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/05/anti-abortion-activists-increasingly-targeting-uk-university-students


UK – Anti-abortion group renews attack on pregnant Labour candidate

Anti-abortion group renews attack on pregnant Labour candidate
Stella Creasy says constituents are being sent leaflets in a bid to sway vote

Mark Townsend
Sat 23 Nov 2019

An anti-abortion group under investigation by the police has been accused of trying to interfere in the general election by working with a religious organisation to target a prominent Labour figure.

The Christian Peoples Alliance (CPA) distributed fresh leaflets on Friday in an apparent attempt to turn the Muslim community in the London constituency of Walthamstow against the pro-choice Labour candidate Stella Creasy, who is standing for re-election.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/nov/23/stella-creasy-anti-abortion-groups-launch-fresh-attack-on-pregnant-labour-mp