Abortion in NI: Delays to introducing full services ‘deeply troubling’, court hears

By Jayne McCormack, BBC News NI Political Reporter
May 26, 2021

Delays in implementing Northern Ireland's abortion laws have been a "deeply troubling exercise in finger-pointing", a court has heard.

Abortion became legal in 2020, following a vote by MPs during the collapse of devolution.

Stormont has since been under pressure to establish a permanent, central abortion service, but this has not happened yet.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-57248241


Arlene Foster resigns: Brexit, abortion and LGBT issues weakened support for DUP leadership

Free Presbyterian Rev David McIlveen said a policy shift in DUP changed people's attitude towards the party

By Brendan Hughes
28 APR 2021

Brexit, abortion and a softening on LGBT issues weakened Arlene Foster's support among DUP voters, a close friend of the party's founder Ian Paisley has said.

Free Presbyterian Rev David McIlveen said a "policy shift" changed people's attitudes towards the party.

Continued: https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/arlene-foster-resigns-brexit-abortion-20485884


N. Ireland – Abortion: Foster tells NIO to “back off” over abortion services

March 25, 2021

First Minister Arlene Foster has told the NI secretary to "back off" over the issue of providing abortion services in Northern Ireland.

The government has published regulations allowing Brandon Lewis to direct commissioning of the services.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-56524269


UK government moves to compel Northern Ireland to expand abortion services

By Reuters Staff
Mar 23, 2021

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government published legislation on Tuesday to hand it powers to compel Northern Ireland to implement more liberal abortion services, despite opposition from the region’s first minister and health minister.

Britain’s parliament voted in 2019 to legalise abortion in Northern Ireland, allowing terminations without restriction up to 12 weeks and with no time limit in the case of “severe foetal impairment or fatal foetal abnormality”.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-ireland-abortion/uk-government-moves-to-compel-northern-ireland-to-expand-abortion-services-idUSKBN2BF1ZP


N. Ireland – Abortion: New powers not taken lightly, says Brandon Lewis

Published March 23, 2021

The decision to introduce new powers compelling Stormont to implement abortion laws has not been taken lightly, Brandon Lewis has said.

The government has published regulations allowing the NI secretary to direct commissioning of central abortion services in NI.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-56485487


DUP will ‘vigorously oppose’ any new abortion laws in North

UK government says it is disappointed full abortion services not yet available

Fri, Mar 19, 2021

The DUP will “vigorously oppose” any further legislative action to see new abortion laws implemented in the region, an MP has warned.

The law was liberalised last year to allow terminations in Northern Ireland following action taken at Westminster.

Continued:  https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/dup-will-vigorously-oppose-any-new-abortion-laws-in-north-1.4514532


Further ‘legislative action’ on abortion under review in North

NI Secretary of State reportedly prompted by concerns that women still travelling to Britain

Mar 18, 2021

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Brandon Lewis is “considering further legislative action” to see new abortion laws implemented in the region.

The law was liberalised last year to allow terminations following action taken at Westminster.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/further-legislative-action-on-abortion-under-review-in-north-1.4514202


Abortion: Assembly backs change in NI abortion law

March 15, 2021

A bill which seeks to amend the law in Northern Ireland to prevent abortions in cases of non-fatal disabilities, including Down's Syndrome, has been backed by a majority of MLAs.

The Severe Fetal Impairment Bill, brought by DUP MLA Paul Givan, passed its second stage by 48 votes to 12.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-56404024


Abortion: Assembly rejects recent changes to NI laws

Abortion: Assembly rejects recent changes to NI laws

By Jayne McCormack
BBC News NI Political Reporter
June 2, 2020

The NI Assembly has voted to pass a motion to reject recent changes to abortion laws in Northern Ireland. New abortion regulations drawn up by Westminster came into force in March after a vote in 2019.

The motion, brought by the DUP, passed by 46 votes to 40. The vote has no effect on the laws but the DUP said it would send a message to Westminster that the regulations are not supported by Stormont.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-52878836


Why the fight for Irish women’s abortion rights isn’t over

Why the fight for Irish women’s abortion rights isn’t over
Despite at-home termination methods being made available to the rest of the UK, women and girls in Northern Ireland are still being put at risk

By Brooke Theis
Apr 15, 2020

Last October, women in Northern Ireland celebrated as the country voted for their rights to have an abortion. A safe abortion, where they were no longer forced to drain their bank accounts secretly travelling over to England, or risk their lives taking illegal online pills – rights that women in the rest of the UK have had since the late Sixties.

Although laws permitting all terminations in Northern Ireland within the first 12 months of pregnancy were meant to come into effect on 31 March, the government missed this deadline. The coronavirus crisis, the lockdown and mounting pressures on health services are claimed to be the reason for the delay. Meanwhile, in the rest of the UK temporary measures have been put in place to allow women and girls to self-manage abortion at home with pills approved by the World Health Organisation.

Continued: https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/culture/a32154454/the-fight-for-irish-womens-abortion-rights-isnt-over/