ISLE OF MAN – First place in the British Isles to decriminalise abortion

The Abortion Reform Bill was passed in late 2018 with unanimous support of members of the House of Keys (the parliament) and has now received royal assent. The law allows abortion on request to 14 weeks and in certain circumstances at 15–23 weeks. From 24 weeks, it is permitted when pregnancy is a risk to the woman’s life or if the baby when born would suffer serious impairment or die shortly after birth. The law also obliges … Continued

ISLE OF MAN – Two recent surveys give opposite results, showing just how much it matters what you ask

Two surveys of people’s views on changing the abortion law on the Isle of Man were recently conducted. The one was in fact a consultation by the island’s government. The other was a phone survey by an anti-choice group. The two gave very different results, to say the least. The government’s six-week consultation ended on 18 September 2017. In total, 3,644 individual submissions were received including 24 from groups and professional organisations, as follows: > … Continued

ISLE OF MAN – Responses to public consultation on the Abortion Reform Bill 2017

  Following permission in January 2017 to bring forward a private members bill, member of the Isle of Man parliament Dr Alex Allinson asked for feedback on the draft Abortion Reform Bill between 7 July and 18 September 2017. The Bill proposes changes to the Act to offer women access on request up to 14 weeks, and changes to the grounds for access beyond 14 weeks. A total of 3,644 people responded through an online survey … Continued

ISLE OF MAN – Isle of Man abortion bill: Nearly 3,000 responses submitted in consultation

  Nearly 3,000 responses have been submitted in an online public consultation on proposed changes to Manx abortion laws, which closed on 18 September. The draft Abortion Reform Bill 2017 would allow terminations to be carried out in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and loosen restrictions thereafter. At present, abortions can only be carried out in the Isle of Man if a pregnancy is the result of rape – but this is only legal … 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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