IRELAND/NORTHERN IRELAND – Anti-abortion groups create huge posters with gruesome images to use at protests

  At the end of July, three anti-abortion groups planned to display huge pictures of mangled babies at events on Dame Street in Dublin, and at Belfast and Manchester airports. The groups were refused permission by the authorities to do … Continued

NORTHERN IRELAND – Anti-abortion hijacking of the slogan “Black Lives Matter”

  The anti-abortion movement may have coined a new slogan (Both Lives Matter) off the back of the US movement against racism and police brutality, called Black Lives Matter, but it is not a new concept for them. In fact, … Continued

International law and the provision of abortion services

This blog is an analysis of the international legal issues involved in the decision of the UK Supreme Court not to require the UK Secretary of State for Health to provide abortions on the National Health Service to Northern Irish … Continued

Breaking the silence on abortion: the role of adult community abortion education in fostering resistance to norms

Meanings of abortion in society are constructed within sociohistorical and gendered spaces and manifested through myriad discourses that impact on the perception and treatment of the issue in that society. In societies with powerful oppressive anti-abortion norms, such as Northern Ireland, little is known as to how these norms are resisted by the adult population. This study uses a Foucauldian feminist approach to show how resistance to religious and patriarchal norms can be fostered through adult community abortion education. This resistance is multi-faceted and bolstered by a lived experience discourse, which does not necessarily involve eschewing religious notions held within society.

Northern Ireland: How would you respond to an anti-abortion campaign?

A Campaign member recently wrote: “I’m on Northern Ireland’s biggest talk radio programme tomorrow morning to respond to a campaign that has been launched here. Could anyone give me any advice on how to talk about how this idea stigmatises??” … Continued

Women’s Link sues the Region of Murcia Health Department in Spain for violating the right to a dignified abortion

Women’s Link is suing the Health Department on behalf of “Ana”, a woman who was denied information by the Health Department about a serious fetal condition for almost six weeks during her pregnancy. She also faced discrimination in the Santa … Continued

Short reports from Russia, Macedonia, Georgia, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man

Read these short reports on abortion law and policy in Russia, Macedonia, Georgia, Northern Ireland, and the Isle of Man. They cover abortion research and judicial review, reported by a number of abortion reights groups and news outlets.

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