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Women in Northern Ireland are still using illegal abortion medication even though the procedure is freely available to them in England, a study found.Northern Ireland outlaws terminations in almost all cases. Abortion pills are illegal but can be bought over the internet.The NHS funds the procedure in England for women…
Almost two-thirds of people in Northern Ireland want local politicians to make the decisions on the region's abortion laws, a new poll has suggested.The results were released by anti-abortion group Both Lives Matter as it stepped up its campaign against moves to legislate on the contentious restrictions at Westminster.Both Lives…
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…
More than 50% of new mothers suffering from mental health problems feel they cannot raise the issue at postnatal check-ups. Research conducted by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) found that 60% did not discuss the issue out of embarrassment and fear the doctor would think they were not fit to…
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…
More than 100 cases of alleged poor care are to be reviewed at a beleaguered maternity unit, it has been reported. The number of cases at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust to be considered by an independent review has risen to 104, the Health Service Journal (HSJ) said. Senior midwife…
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…
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