By Jayne McCormack, BBC News
July 20, 2022
There is "no necessity" to amend a bill that would ban anti-abortion protests at health settings in Northern Ireland, the Supreme Court has heard.
Passed at Stormont in March, the legislation is being challenged by Northern Ireland's Attorney General.
She has asked the court to decide if it
"disproportionately interferes" with the rights of anti-abortion
By Jayne McCormack, BBC News NI political correspondent
July 19, 2022
Legislation to ban anti-abortion protests at health settings in Northern Ireland will not "go back to square one", the Supreme Court has been told.
In March, the Stormont Assembly voted for a bill to place "buffer zones" outside abortion clinics.
It is being challenged by NI's attorney general, Dame Brenda King.
Exclusive: Brandon Lewis warns he will soon have ‘no alternative but to take further steps’ to ensure services are provided
Jessica Elgot Chief political correspondent
Wed 27 Oct 2021
Brandon Lewis could override the Northern Ireland executive and directly instruct the nation’s health trusts to provide abortion services, warning leaders in a leaked letter that the continued delay is unacceptable conduct in public office.
The Northern Ireland secretary wrote to the first minister, Paul Givan, and his deputy, Michelle O’Neill, warning he would soon “have no alternative but to take further steps to ensure that women and girls have access to abortion services as decided by parliament, and to which they have a right”.
Heidi Crowter has argued allowing terminations up to birth if foetus has Down’s syndrome is discriminatory
Alexandra Topping and agencies – The Guardian
Thu 23 Sep 2021
A woman with Down’s syndrome who took Sajid Javid to court over the UK’s abortion law has lost her case in the high court.
Heidi Crowter, who brought the case alongside Máire Lea-Wilson, whose son Aidan has Down’s syndrome, and a child with Down’s syndrome identified only as A, had argued that allowing pregnancy terminations up to birth if the foetus has Down’s syndrome is discriminatory and stigmatises disabled people.
By Hannah Somerville
The European Court of Human Rights has notified the Polish government of 12 separate cases being brought against it by Polish women over abortion rights.
A near-total ban abortions came into effect in Poland in January 2021, prompting mass protests in the country and condemnation from across the EU.
Heidi Crowter alongside Máire Lea-Wilson and her son Aidan argue the 1967 act is discriminatory
Haroon Siddique, Legal affairs correspondent
Tue 6 Jul 2021
Allowing pregnancy terminations up to birth if the foetus has Down’s syndrome is discriminatory and stigmatises disabled people, the high court has heard.
Heidi Crowter, a 26-year-old woman with Down’s syndrome from Coventry, Máire Lea-Wilson, 33, and her son Aidan, who has Down’s syndrome, who both live in Brentford, west London are challenging Sajid Javid over the Abortion Act 1967. The act sets a 24-week time limit for abortions unless there is “substantial risk” of the child being “seriously handicapped”.
22 March 2021
by Anurag Deb, UK Human Rights Blog
Abortion reform in Northern Ireland has had a fraught history, to say the least. Matters appeared to finally come to a head when in 2019, the UK Parliament enacted the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc.) Act 2019 (2019 Act), which created a duty on the Secretary of State to implement abortion reform by following the report of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination of Women (CtteEDAW). Nearly two years and two statutory instruments later, Stormont finds itself mired in fresh controversy as long-term abortion facilities in Northern Ireland have yet to be commissioned. So the obvious question arises: what happened?
The London government has warned that it may intervene directly if abortions are not made more freely available in Northern Ireland soon.
By Adam Kula
Wednesday, 20th January 2021
Robin Walker MP, the minister for state for Northern Ireland, made the comments in the House of Commons as he was quizzed about the current law in the Province.
The whole issue dates back to summer 2019.
At that time MPs in Westminster passed a law which said if the Northern Irish devolved government was not restored by late October, then the London government would act to change the law on terminations, bypassing the NI Assembly altogether – a move which outraged anti-abortion groups.
Stormont: Brandon Lewis exceeded powers in introducing abortion regulations
Legal adviser says it is doubtful legislation gives adequate protection to those opposed
April 26, 2020
The Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis exceeded his powers in introducing abortion regulations, Stormont’s chief legal adviser has said.
It is doubtful whether the legislation gives adequate European Convention on Human Rights-based protection to the rights of those opposed on religious or philosophical grounds, attorney general John Larkin QC added.
Sweden abortion: Nurses fail in European court case
13 March 2020
Two nurses denied jobs as midwives in Sweden because of their refusal to perform abortions have lost their legal action against Sweden at the European Court of Human Rights.
Swedish-born Ellinor Grimmark and Linda Steen from Norway object to abortion because of their Christian faith.
Swedish law requires midwives to carry out abortions - and several Swedish courts ruled against the two women.