N.Ireland – Early abortion service ends in Northern Health trust

Access to abortion services will end in the Northern trust from this Monday

Seanín Graham
03 October, 2020

ABORTION services in one of Northern Ireland's biggest health trusts will stop this Monday due to limited resources.

In a statement to The Irish News, the Northern health trust confirmed access to its Early Medical Abortion (EMA) provision will cease, six months after it was first introduced.

Continued: https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2020/10/03/news/early-abortion-service-ends-in-northern-health-trust-2086253/


‘Women must not be refused’ – abortion services cut in a third of local areas in Northern Ireland over lack of resources

Ellen Coyne
October 02 2020

Abortion services have been cut in over a third of local areas in Northern Ireland due to a lack of resources.

It comes after the Department of Health failed to fund and commission abortion services in Northern Ireland. Amnesty International and Informing Choices NI (ICNI), a reproductive health charity, said they were aware that the Northern Health and Social Care Trust had stopped accepting referrals for early medical abortion services from 5pm on Friday. The trust had been funding abortion services itself for over six months, and in a statement it said that it "does not currently have the resource to continue to provide the service."
Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/women-must-not-be-refused-abortion-services-cut-in-a-third-of-local-areas-in-northern-ireland-over-lack-of-resources-39583222.html


Ireland’s first report on abortion shows huge progress, but some women still forced to travel

Amnesty International
30th June 2020

In response to the publication today of the 2019 Annual report on abortion statistics by the outgoing Minister for Health, Amnesty welcomes the progress made for the 6,666 pregnant people who were able to access free, safe and legal abortion care in this country.

“Last year, 6,666 women and girls were able to receive abortion care within our own health system. To go from a country that exiled women seeking abortions two years ago, to one that is caring for them at home is such an important step forward. There are some wide variations in the numbers across counties, though. The new government must ensure abortion services are available and accessible to all pregnant people in the state,” said Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland.

Continued: https://www.amnesty.ie/irelands-first-report-on-abortion-shows-huge-progress-but-some-women-still-forced-to-travel/


Abortion regulations remain in place says NI Office

Abortion regulations remain in place says NI Office

Brendan Hughes
09 May, 2020

ABORTION regulations introduced in Northern Ireland remain in place despite a delay to a Westminster vote, the British Government has said.

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) said the regulations introduced on March 31 continue to apply.

It follows confusion over a delay in parliamentary procedures which prompted claims from anti-abortion activists that the regulations had been withdrawn.

Continued: http://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2020/05/09/news/abortion-regulations-remain-in-place-says-ni-office-1932207/


UK Government vote on NI abortion regulations put on hold

UK Government vote on NI abortion regulations put on hold

May 08 2020

The UK Government’s vote on controversial abortion regulations in Northern Ireland has been put on hold.

However, the regulations put forward by Secretary of State Brandon Lewis at the end of March continue to apply.

Continued: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/uk-government-vote-on-ni-abortion-regulations-put-on-hold-39191479.html


911 doctors, nurses sign letter refusing to cooperate with new abortion law in Northern Ireland

911 doctors, nurses sign letter refusing to cooperate with new abortion law in Northern Ireland

By Louise Bevan
Nov 9, 2019

Since Northern Ireland formally legalized abortion, there has been a backlash from a faction of medical professionals who say they will not assist in the procedure.

Citing a violation of their Catholic beliefs, a number of doctors and nurses have signed a letter of opposition to the Northern Irish Secretary of State Julian Smith and the Secretary for the Department of Health Richard Pengelly.

Continued: https://www.theepochtimes.com/911-doctors-nurses-sign-letter-refusing-to-cooperate-with-new-abortion-law-in-northern-ireland_3128734.html


‘I’m not a criminal any longer’: Women’s relief as abortion law changes in Northern Ireland

'I’m not a criminal any longer’: Women's relief as abortion law changes in Northern Ireland

By Lauren Chadwick & Orlando Crowcroft
24/10/2019

As Northern Ireland decriminalised abortion on Monday at midnight, pro-choice campaigners marked a new era of openness and freedom in the British province.

Until this week, Northern Ireland had prohibited abortion in all cases except when a mother’s life was at risk, with women and doctors facing sentences up to life in prison under an 1861 law.

Continued: https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/24/i-m-not-a-criminal-any-longer-women-s-relief-as-abortion-law-changes-in-northern-ireland


N. Ireland – Decriminalisation of abortion in North leads to confusion

Decriminalisation of abortion in North leads to confusion
Legislation due by end of March 2020 but the situation in the meantime is uncertain

Oct 22, 2019
Gerry Moriarty, Freya McClements

Abortion was decriminalised from midnight on Monday in Northern Ireland despite a last-ditch attempt by unionist Assembly members to override Westminster legislation.

Women who seek access to abortion in Northern Ireland will not be prosecuted, investigations of illegal abortions will no longer be pursued, and prosecutions currently under way will be halted.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/decriminalisation-of-abortion-in-north-leads-to-confusion-1.4058400


Abortion to be decriminalised in Northern Ireland

Abortion to be decriminalised in Northern Ireland
Much to the chagrin of the DUP, Northern Ireland will be brought into regulatory alignment with the rest of the UK.

Oct 21, 2019

Women in Northern Ireland will have a legal right to safe abortions from midnight local time (23:00 GMT) on Monday, after a last-ditch bid to maintain the illegality of terminations fell apart in the regional legislature.

MPs at Westminster successfully amended a bill in the summer to include measures to end the near-blanket prohibition on abortion and introduce same-sex marriage, bringing Northern Ireland into regulatory alignment with the rest of the United Kingdom.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/abortion-decriminalised-northern-ireland-191021163130462.html


NI abortion: Guidelines issued ahead of 21 October deadline

NI abortion: Guidelines issued ahead of 21 October deadline

8 October 2019

The government has published guidance for healthcare professionals on abortion law in Northern Ireland.

The new guidelines cover the period from 22 October to 31 March 2020.

They set out what will happen following changes to the law after 21 October, if the NI Executive is not restored.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-49965339