Ireland – Contraception should be available free and without prescription to all women, pharmacists say

Stephen McNeice
1 AUG 2021

Pharmacists want all women in Ireland to be able to access contraception free of charge and without prescription.

It comes after the UK recently allowed contraceptive pills - two specific progesterone-based oral contraceptives - to be sold over the counter for the first time.

Continued: https://www.newstalk.com/news/contraception-should-be-available-free-and-without-prescription-to-all-women-pharmacists-say-1233440


Abortion protests take place in Belfast amid deepening political row

Pro-choice councillor says any move to block rollout of services is ‘against democracy’

July 31, 2021

Pro-choice and anti-abortion campaigners have held separate protests in Belfast amid the deepening political row over the commissioning of abortion services in Northern Ireland.

The small-scale demonstrations in the city centre came after DUP First Minister Paul Givan threatened to block the British government’s move to formally direct Stormont to fully roll out abortion services in the region.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/abortion-protests-take-place-in-belfast-amid-deepening-political-row-1.4636154


Northern Ireland’s new First Minister vows to block rollout of abortion services

Sam Courtney-Guy
Friday 30 Jul 2021

Northern Ireland’s recently-appointed First Minister has vowed to resist the introduction of abortion services in the six counties.

Laws making abortion a criminal offence in Northern Ireland were abolished in 2019 as a result of a bill passed by MPs in Westminster.

Continued: https://metro.co.uk/2021/07/30/northern-ireland-abortion-paul-givan-vows-to-stop-rollout-of-services-15012513/


Telemedicine can help improve access to abortion in France, a new study suggests

For immediate release 29/07/2021
Women on Web

A new study published in the British Medical Journal Sexual & Reproductive Health suggests that telemedicine abortion provision, a temporary measure which is allowed in France within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, can help meet women’s needs and preferences for secrecy, privacy and comfort, while facilitating increased access to and enabling a more person-centred abortion care beyond the pandemic.

Marion* writes to Women on Web: “I know abortion is legal in France, but I will tell you why I will not be able to have an abortion here. My companion is a violent man, I will never be able to have the opportunity to go to a hospital or a centre without him watching me.”

Continued: https://www.womenonweb.org/en/page/21030/press-release-telemedicine-can-help-improve-access-to-abortion-in


A record number of children have entered Poland’s anti-abortion colouring competition

July 26, 2021
BY MICHELLE RIMMER

A ‘pro-life’ colouring competition for children and teenagers in Poland has received the most entries ever. The record comes in a year when thousands of Poles took to the streets to call for wider abortion rights.

Poland is one of the most religious countries in Europe, with around 87 per cent of the population identifying as Roman-Catholic. 

Continued: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/dateline/a-record-number-of-children-have-entered-poland-s-anti-abortion-colouring-competition


Italian pro-abortion doctor postpones retirement as search continues for his replacement

Italy legalised abortion more than 40 years ago but many doctors refuse to perform the procedure

By Alvise Armellini
26 July 2021

An Italian doctor has postponed his retirement because there is no one else to carry out abortions in his region.

Italy legalised abortion more than 40 years ago but many of the doctors who work for the national health service refuse to perform the procedure.

Continued:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/07/26/italian-pro-abortion-doctor-postpones-retirement-search-continues/


Britain orders Northern Ireland to introduce full abortion services

‘This stalemate leaves me no choice,’ UK Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis tells Belfast leaders.

by SHAWN POGATCHNIK
July 22, 2021

The British government has ordered Northern Ireland’s coalition government to introduce full-fledged abortion services, more than a year after legislation passed in Westminster required this to happen.

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis issued the order Thursday directing the U.K. region’s Department of Health and Health Minister Robin Swann to make Northern Ireland compliant with British abortion law.

Continued: https://www.politico.eu/article/britain-orders-northern-ireland-to-introduce-full-abortion-services/


Abortion in NI: Westminster directs Stormont to set up services

By Jayne McCormack, BBC News NI political correspondent
July 22, 2021

Westminster has directed Stormont's Department of Health to set up full abortion services in Northern Ireland by no later than next March.

The government has intervened with a formal direction requiring Stormont to act.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-57921537


Abortion Without Borders thrilled that Denmark is considering helping Polish people access abortions abroad

Published on July 20, 2021
Abortion Without Borders

Danish press reported that political parties the Red-Green Alliance and the Social Liberal Party want the Danish state to allocate DKK20 million (over €2.7 million) over four years to help people from Poland to have abortions in Denmark. If all goes to plan, the DKK20 million will go to the organisation Sex & Society, which – in cooperation with the international network Abortion Without Borders – will make abortion accessible to about 165 people per year. The proposal was also supported by the liberal-conservative Venstre party, currently the largest in opposition.

Denmark allows abortion on request until the twelfth week, unless the life or health of the pregnant person is in danger. This proposal could be particularly helpful for people given diagnoses of foetal abnormality or genetic defects in the second or third trimester of pregnancy – those people who were hit hardest by Poland’s “constitutional tribunal” (pseudo-court) decisions on 22 October 2020. 

Continued: https://www.asn.org.uk/abortion-without-borders-thrilled-that-denmark-is-considering-helping-polish-people-access-abortions-abroad/


Right for UK Government to intervene on NI abortion services – O’Neill

David Young, PA
Mon, 19 July 2021

The UK Government is right to intervene to ensure the provision of abortion services in Northern Ireland, Michelle O’Neill has said.

The Sinn Fein deputy First Minister’s comments came ahead of an anticipated announcement from Secretary of State Brandon Lewis this week on the ongoing stand-off over the rollout of services in the region.

Continued: https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/uk-government-intervene-ni-abortion-151534373.html