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The Government intends to fund abortions in England for women arriving from Northern Ireland, Chancellor Philip Hammond has said. His announcement follows a proposed amendment to the Queen's Speech calling for the Government to ensure adequate funding to allow women from Northern Ireland to have abortions in England without being…
Abortion should be decriminalised, medics at the British Medical Association (BMA) have said. Delegates at the BMA's annual meeting in Bournemouth voted in favour of a motion calling for a change in the law. This means the BMA will adopt this stance as formal policy and lobby ministers for a…
Senior MPs have urged the Government to intervene over abortion laws in Northern Ireland after ministers agreed a £1 billion deal with the Democratic Unionist Party. Tory Anna Soubry and Labour's Yvette Cooper (pictured) were among those to brand the current situation an "injustice" amidst calls from the Government to…
A mother and daughter who lost a legal bid for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England have urged a government minister to intervene. The Health Secretary has the statutory power to ensure women from Northern Ireland have access to free terminations in England.…
The UK's highest court has narrowly rejected an appeal by a mother and daughter in their legal battle for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England. Supreme Court justices announced their three to two majority decision in London on Wednesday. The 20-year-old woman at…
There has been a 17% rise in the last decade in the proportion of women who are already mothers having abortions, figures show. New data from the Department of Health shows a steady rise since 2006 in the proportion of women who are mothers opting for terminations. In 2006, 47%…
An online abortion service can offer an alternative to unsafe methods of ending pregnancies, a study of women in Northern Ireland and the Republic concluded. Almost 95% of interventions were "successful". A tenth sought medical attention. International researchers analysed data showing that rates of adverse effects after using drugs to…
One of Britain's biggest abortion providers put women at risk by failing to adequately train staff and neglecting to obtain proper consent from patients, a watchdog report has revealed. Staff at Marie Stopes International (MSI) had "limited training" in resuscitation and clinicians were found to be "bulk-signing" forms authorising abortions,…
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