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New opinion polls have found that the majority of people across the UK want to see abortion decriminalised in Northern Ireland. Unlike in the rest of the UK, abortions in Northern Ireland are illegal in all but exceptional medical and mental health circumstances. The opinion polls commissioned by Amnesty International…
Campaigners have urged MPs to put pressure on Westminster to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland. Abortions are illegal in Northern Ireland in all but exceptional medical and mental health circumstances, leading women to travel elsewhere in the UK for the procedure or to break the law by taking abortion pills.…
A fresh legal challenge against Northern Ireland's restrictive abortion laws has been mounted. Sarah Ewart (pictured) is applying for a judicial review, seeking a declaration of incompatibility with human rights law in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. Five years ago, Ms Ewart travelled from Northern Ireland for a termination in…
Three Conservative MPs who back abortion reform in Northern Ireland will be in Belfast later to hear experiences of women impacted by the region's restrictive laws. During a day of meetings, Anna Soubry, Huw Merriman and Nicky Morgan will also speak with midwives, doctors, politicians and lawyers challenging the current…
A new Westminster inquiry is to examine whether the Government has a responsibility to reform abortion laws in Northern Ireland. The Women and Equalities Committee will also assess whether the contentious issue should only be one for devolved ministers to determine. Abortions in Northern Ireland are illegal in all but…
A woman accused of obtaining abortion pills for her teenage daughter is in "fear and pain" over her pending prosecution. On Thursday the High Court in Belfast is set to hear a legal challenge to the decision to take action against her. Unlike other parts of the UK, the 1967…
The High Court in Belfast is set to hear a legal challenge to a decision to prosecute a woman who obtained abortion pills for her teenage daughter. Unlike other parts of the UK, the 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to Northern Ireland. Abortion is illegal except where a woman's…
Campaigners have accused the Government of treating thousands of women as "acceptable collateral damage" after it rejected calls to introduce national buffer zones outside abortion clinics. Introducing protest-free areas outside clinics to prevent harassment of patients "would not be a proportionate response", Home Secretary Sajid Javid said. His decision was…
A member of the DUP has criticised British MP Stella Creasy after she publicly condemned Arlene Foster's stance on abortion at a global women's caucus. Ms Creasy, of the Labour and Co-operative Party, said in Dublin: "Right now there is only one woman who gets to make a choice about…
A campaign group has lodged an appeal after it lost its legal challenge to the Scottish Government's move to allow pregnant women to take abortion-inducing medication at home. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) argued the decision by ministers, over the use of the drug misoprostol, was…
A campaign group's legal challenge to the Scottish Government's move to allow pregnant women to take abortion-inducing medication at home has been rejected by a judge. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) Scotland argued the decision by ministers, surrounding the use of the drug misoprostol, was "unlawful"…
An announcement on abortion buffer zones is expected from Home Secretary Sajid Javid next month, heightening campaigners' hopes for victory. A cross-party campaign to stop the harassment and abuse of women on their way into abortion centres, led by Labour MP Rupa Huq, is calling for national legislation following the…
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