NORTHERN IRELAND – UK Parliament includes two amendments in a multi-purpose bill on Northern Ireland that extends the same rights to abortion and same-sex marriage as in the rest of the UK

The UK House of Commons voted on 9 July by 332 for and 99 against to extend access to abortion to Northern Ireland, bringing them in line with the rest of the UK. A similarly large majority passed an amendment allowing same-sex marriage. The motion passed says that the government must lift the ban in the province if a new Northern Ireland executive is not in place by 21 October 2019, something no one thinks … Continued

GOOGLE: USA, UK, IRELAND – Update to Google Healthcare and Medicines Policy on Abortion (June 2019)

“In June 2019, the Google Ads healthcare and medicines policy for abortion will be updated with the following requirements for advertisers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland: Advertisers who want to run ads using keywords related to getting an abortion will first need to be certified as an advertiser that either provides abortions or does not provide abortions. To get certified, advertisers must submit an application where they self-declare as an organization that … Continued

NORTHERN IRELAND – The video of the song

The song _4284_ / I’m A Life, is Janet’s account of her journey to England for an abortion. The title reflects both her own words and also highlights the numbers who travelled from Northern Ireland & the Republic of Ireland to access abortions in 2015. Her words; “You can try and shame me, but you forgot I’m a life…” remind us how the damaging rhetoric of those in power continue to control the lives and bodies of women and pregnant people in Northern Ireland.

NORTHERN IRELAND – 62,000 people signed a petition supporting legal abortion in Northern Ireland

On 26 February 2019, 28 women walked over Westminster Bridge to the UK Parliament in solidarity with the 28 women who every week have to fly from Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK for an abortion. The women included actors Siobhan McSweeney and Nicola Coughlan, stars of the hit television show Derry Girls. The march called for the extension of abortion rights to Northern Ireland. Their suitcases contained sheets of paper with the … Continued

NORTHERN IRELAND: SOLIDARITY REQUEST & bid to change law on human rights grounds

On 1 February, the NI Alliance for Choice launched the teaser to a powerful and moving music video with Isobel Anderson, a popular Belfast-based singer and musician. If they can raise £5,000 by 2 March, they will be able to make the full 5-minute music video of her singing a song about a personal abortion experience live that evening at a special event in Belfast. Please make a donation: https://localgiving.org/appeal/imalife/ The song, _4284_ / I’m … Continued

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