N.Ireland: Abortion rights charity Marie Stopes to shut Belfast clinic

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Abortion rights charity Marie Stopes to shut Belfast clinic
Clinic has been scene of anti-abortion protests since it opened in 2012

Dec 5, 2017
Amanda Ferguson

Marie Stopes UK is closing its independent clinic in Belfast on December 8th, following the British government’s move earlier this year to fund abortions for women from Northern Ireland.

In a statement, it said the decision would enable the charity to “focus its resources so that Northern Irish women can better access funded treatment in England”.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/abortion-rights-charity-marie-stopes-to-shut-belfast-clinic-1.3316902

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Tampon tax is going to fund an awful UK anti-abortion org

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Tampon tax is going to fund an awful UK anti-abortion org
‘Our own money being used to fund our discrimination’

29 October 2017
TextCharlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

There has been an outcry from feminists all over the UK after it was confirmed that anti-abortion charity Life will get £250,000 cash from the UK's tampon tax.

Tampon tax is used to refer to the fact that feminine hygiene products aren't given tax exemption status, meaning women pay a 5 percent tax on them.

Products that are regarded as “basic necessity” and given exemption status include edible sugar flowers, alcoholic jellies and exotic meats including crocodile and kangaroo.

Continued at source: http://www.dazeddigital.com/life-culture/article/37898/1/tampon-tax-is-going-to-fund-an-awful-uk-anti-abortion-org

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Northern Irish women offered free abortion services in England

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Northern Irish women offered free abortion services in England

Justine Greening announces funding for previous pledge to stop charging women who undergo procedure

Jessica Elgot
Monday 23 October 2017

The UK government has revealed plans to provide free abortion services in England for women from Northern Ireland, which has some of Europe’s most restrictive laws on terminations.

The government announced a change of policy in June in an attempt to head off a Tory rebellion in a vote on the Queen’s speech. Dozens of Conservatives had suggested to whips that they would vote on an amendment spearheaded by the Labour MP Stella Creasy to give Northern Irish women free access to termination.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/23/northern-irish-women-offered-free-abortion-services-in-england

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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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