NORTHERN IRELAND – “The North is next” – proposals put forward to try and make this happen

As in Ireland up to now, it is almost impossible to get an abortion in Northern Ireland. The most immediate fallout of the Irish referendum results on 26 May was the call from many quarters for Northern Ireland to be next. However, there are complex political realities that will get in the way. The first and most important is that policy on abortion was devolved by the UK Parliament to Northern Ireland and Scotland some … Continued

GREAT BRITAIN- Britain celebrates 50 years of the 1967 Abortion Act…

  This week marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act in Britain. The conference: ‘The Abortion Act 1967: A Promise Fulfilled?’ was an action-packed, two-day event organised by Sheelagh McGuinness and Sally Sheldon, and hosted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. The conference took attendees through the 50-year social, political and historical course of the Abortion Act in Britain, with excellent contributions by the panelists.   What is holding Britain back? … Continued

NORTHERN IRELAND – … while Northern Irish women are at Supreme Court challenging an even more outdated law

    On 24 October, the UK Supreme Court began a three-day hearing on an application from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, which argues that criminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland in the case of rape, incest and serious fetal abnormality, is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). This was raised by several individual cases taken by the Commission to court for redress. Britain’s 1967 Abortion Act has never been extended … Continued

Seminar: How can a state control swallowing? Medical abortion and the law

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23 March 2016 http://www.kent.ac.uk/news/society/9337/call-for-statutory-reform-in-abortion-law https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCiPnd8G_rw Statutory reform is needed in UK abortion law because of serious tensions in how it can be interpreted, according to University of Kent Prof Sally Sheldon, and because it no longer makes sense in the context of modern medical practice. Her research was presented at a London seminar, where she presented her findings based on the fact that use of medical abortion pills, which accounts for over half of all … Continued

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