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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…
More than 170 politicians from across the spectrum in the UK and Ireland have called on the British Government to reform Northern Ireland's abortion laws. The group, including Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem MPs and peers, Stormont Assembly members and Irish TDs and senators, said it is a matter of…
Abortion law in England is "no longer fit for purpose", experts have said. The president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), along with other leading reproductive health experts, has argued that the legislation governing abortion across the UK is "fragmented". They said England is "out of step"…
Theresa May faced calls to act urgently to give MPs the opportunity to liberalise Northern Ireland's abortion laws. The Prime Minister has been reluctant to intervene in the row because it is a devolved issue, but the collapse of the Stormont administration means MPs have pressed for action at Westminster.…
The Government faces renewed calls for buffer zones around abortion clinics after a High Court judge upheld a ban on protests outside a London facility. Ealing Council was the first in the country to create a 100-metre protest-free zone outside a Marie Stopes clinic in the west London borough following…
Women in Wales are to be allowed to take the second abortion pill at home. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said the move will increase choice for women and reduce the burden on clinical resources. Guidance will be issued to health boards in Wales from Friday on allowing misoprostol, the second…
Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald has said those supporting the ongoing ban on abortion in Northern Ireland need "a reality check". On a visit to London for a meeting with Theresa May, Mrs McDonald (pictured) repeated her call for abortion reform north of the border following the Republic of…
Pro-choice activists have accused the Northern Ireland Secretary of making inaccurate and disingenuous claims about Westminster's ability to legislate for abortion reform in Northern Ireland. Amnesty International criticised Karen Bradley's claim that parliament was not qualified to change the region's abortion regime and her further contention that people in Northern…
Westminster politicians are not qualified to change abortion laws for Northern Ireland, the region's Secretary of State has said. Karen Bradley insisted that people in Northern Ireland do not want MPs making decisions on whether to overhaul the existing regime, as she explained the Government's reluctance to intervene on the…
Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws are incompatible with human rights legislation and need "radical reconsideration", the UK's highest court has urged. A majority of a seven-strong panel of Supreme Court justices ruled the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) had no legal standing to bring its challenge against the abortion…
Campaigners are due to begin a High Court challenge against a council's ban on demonstrations outside an abortion clinic. Ealing Council was the first in the country to create a 100-metre protest-free "buffer zone" outside a Marie Stopes clinic in the west London borough. Alina Dulgheriu, a representative for campaign…
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