UK: abortion pill progress for English women whilst Northern Irish women 'further isolated'
25 Aug 2018
Responding to news of new government plans to allow women in England to take an early abortion pill at home, Grainne Teggart, Amnesty International UK’s Northern Ireland campaigns manager, said:
“Whilst the UK Government is making progress for women in England, it’s further isolating women in Northern Ireland who are again being left behind - still subjected to archaic and discriminatory abortion laws.
In solidarity with Repeal the 8th! Referendum in Ireland on May 25th!
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Women Help Women welcomes the announcement of the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment in the Irish Constitution. We call on Irish citizens to vote yes on May 25th. Women Help Women proudly supports the right of women in Ireland to have a safe abortion, and hope that a day will come when women in Ireland no longer need to depend on our help to access abortion services.
In 2017, 878 women from the Republic of Ireland received our help, an increase of 190% as compared to 2016. In 2018 the number of women from Ireland seeking our services continues to increase. In the first quarter of 2018, WHW has helped 323 women access a medical abortion, a 90% increase over the same period last year.
Requests for help continue to come from every corner of the country, urban and rural. In 2017, we supported women from every county in Ireland to access our services. The need for abortion in Ireland impacts women and their families throughout the Republic, regardless of country, income or age.
Abortion campaigners urge Scottish Government to 'strongly fight' legal challenge to at-home terminations
Helen McArdle, Health Correspondent
Dec 21, 2017
ALLOWING women to take the abortion pill at home is “perfectly safe” and would bring an end to the “horrendous experience” of women haemorrhaging as they travel home from clinics, campaigners have said.
In a letter in today’s Herald, a number of pro-choice groups, trade unions and politicians hit back at a legal challenge mounted against the Scottish Government’s plan to enable women up to nine weeks pregnant to take the drug misoprostol at home, and urged ministers to “strongly fight” the legal action.
Continued at source: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/health/15787609.Campaigners_urge_ministers_to__strongly_fight__abortion_pill_legal_challenge/
Women should be allowed to take abortion pills at home, says leading maternity doctor
Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
10 December 2017
Women should be allowed to take abortion pills at home to avoid them miscarrying on the way home from the clinic, Britain’s leading maternity doctor has said.
Currently, women who ask for an early medical abortion (EMA) in the first nine weeks of pregnancy must take two drugs, one or two days apart. And, by law, both sets must be taken in front of a doctor or nurse.
But Professor Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said that allowing women to take abortion pills and then leave puts them at risk of suffering bleeding or complications on the way home.
Continued at source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/12/10/women-should-allowed-take-abortion-pills-home-says-leading-maternity/