Ireland – Sinn Fein votes to back relaxation of abortion laws

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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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Northern Ireland abortion laws must not be changed in Westminster, says Karen Bradley

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Northern Ireland abortion laws must not be changed in Westminster, says Karen Bradley
Karen Bradley insisted that people in the north do not want MPs making decisions on abortion laws

12 June, 2018

WESTMINSTER politicians are not qualified to change abortion laws for Northern Ireland, the secretary of state has said.

Karen Bradley insisted that people in the north do not want MPs making decisions on whether to overhaul the existing regime, as she explained the UK government's reluctance to intervene.

She said it was another example of why the Stormont executive needed to be reformed.

Continued: https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2018/06/12/news/northern-ireland-abortion-laws-must-not-be-changed-in-westminster-says-karen-bradley-1353442/

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

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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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Tory deputy chair attacks MPs over Northern Ireland abortion law

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Tory deputy chair attacks MPs over Northern Ireland abortion law
James Cleverly says calls for Westminster to legislate in Northern Ireland are ‘party political game playing’

Jessica Elgot and Peter Walker
Wed 30 May 2018

Conservative party deputy chair James Cleverly has hit out at MPs campaigning for a change in Northern Irish abortion law, accusing Labour of exploiting the issue for party political gain.

Cleverly made his attack despite the fact that at least 13 female Conservative MPs have publicly supported a change to the law in Northern Ireland, which has some of the most restrictive rules on abortion in the world.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/30/tory-deputy-chair-attacks-mps-over-northern-ireland-abortion-law

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N.Ireland: Growing calls for Citizens’ Assembly to address issues including abortion

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Growing calls for Citizens' Assembly to address issues including abortion

January 9 2018

Stormont's unresolved political crisis has led to growing calls for a Citizens' Assembly in Northern Ireland to address controversial issues such as abortion and marriage equality.

The Building Change Trust, an endowment-based Trust set up by the National Lottery to promote and support change in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in the region, said there is an urgent need for new mechanisms to directly engage the public in decision-making.

Continued at source: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/growing-calls-for-citizens-assembly-to-address-issues-including-abortion-36472769.html

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N.Ireland: Stormont refuses to update guidance to health workers on abortion referrals

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Stormont refuses to update guidance to health workers on abortion referrals
Grainne Teggart, Northern Ireland campaign manager for Amnesty International

Brendan Hughes
09 December, 2017

STORMONT officials have refused to update guidance for health workers following the British government's decision to give Northern Ireland women free access to NHS abortions in England.

Since June, women in the north have been allowed free abortion services in England, while a similar change was introduced last month in Scotland.

Continued at source: https://www.irishnews.com/news/2017/12/09/news/stormont-refuses-to-update-guidance-to-health-workers-on-abortion-referrals-1206417/

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Amnesty welcomes Welsh Government commitment to abortion funding for women from Northern Ireland

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Amnesty welcomes Welsh Government commitment to abortion funding for women from Northern Ireland

“It is deeply ironic that every government in the UK has now pledged to address the injustice facing women from Northern Ireland, except the failed administration at Stormont” – Patrick Corrigan

Responding to news that the Welsh Government has agreed to fund abortions in Wales for women and girls from Northern Ireland, Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty International’s Northern Ireland Programme Director, said:

Continued at source: Amnesty International: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/amnesty-welcomes-welsh-government-commitment-abortion-funding-women-northern-ireland

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Northern Irish appeal court refuses limited lifting of abortion ban

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Northern Irish appeal court refuses limited lifting of abortion ban

Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent
Thursday 29 June 2017

Three appeal court judges have refused to legalise abortions in Northern Ireland’s hospitals in cases where women are made pregnant through rape or where pregnancies are doomed due to fatal foetal abnormality.

The ruling in the court of appeal in Belfast also passed on responsibility for any changes to the region’s strict anti-abortion regime to a Stormont assembly that may not exist after Thursday’s devolution deadline.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/29/northern-irish-appeal-court-refuses-limited-lifting-of-abortion-ban

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Northern Ireland: Abortion law reform debate put aside in wake of Stormont schism

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Published 13/01/2017, Belfast Telegraph

Proposals on reforming Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws will not be considered because of the collapse of power-sharing, a Stormont minister said.

Women cannot seek a termination where there is a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality. Instead some fly to Great Britain for the procedure.

The Assembly is likely to be dissolved on Monday and snap elections called so ministers will not be able to consider any change to the law.

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Source: Belfast Telegraph

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Scotland: 45,000-signature petition to change abortion laws handed in at Stormont

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22 November 2016

A petition signed by 45,000 people calling for changes to the current abortion laws in Northern Ireland has been submitted to the Assembly.

A demonstration was held at the steps of Parliament Buildings on Tuesday before Green Party MLA Clare Bailey formally presented Amnesty International’s petition to the Speaker.

It comes just days after Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament that she would explore the possibility that women from Northern Ireland could access abortions free of charge through NHS Scotland.

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Source: ITV.com

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