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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,…
Almost three quarters of people in Northern Ireland want changes to the region's restrictive abortion laws, according to a new Amnesty International poll. The survey found 72% wanted abortion permitted in cases of incest and rape - while 67% supported a woman's right to terminate pregnancy when there has been…
A paediatric pathologist in Northern Ireland has quit after claiming the region's strict abortion laws forced a couple to abort their baby in England and bring home the remains in a picnic cooler bag. Outlining her reasons for resigning, Dr Caroline Gannon was particularly critical of the stance of Northern…
A free helpline for women who have used online abortion pills is to be launched across Ireland. The confidential "aftercare" support from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) will provide reassurance and advice for those who have taken tablets ordered from two websites. Strict laws surround terminations on both sides…
A family planning provider has suspended surgical abortions for girls under 18 and vulnerable women after safety concerns were raised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). A number of other services offered by Marie Stopes International (MSI) have also been halted to make sure patients are protected from potential harm…
Police kept a close eye as pro-choice activists delivered abortion pills to women in Northern Ireland using a drone. The stunt, described as an act of solidarity, aimed to highlight the strict laws around terminations that exist on both sides of the Irish border. Courtney Robinson, 18, from Belfast, who…
A midwife who was at the centre of a high-profile court case has called on colleagues to "forcefully refuse" to back the "horror" position adopted by their professional body to scrap the time limit for abortions. Mary Doogan, from Glasgow, took a case to the UK's highest court over whether…
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