NORTHERN IRELAND – A complicated legal situation prevails in spite of definitive abortion law reform in 2019

On 6 June, the Northern Irish parliament (Stormont Assembly) in Belfast debated a motion from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), a party heavily influenced by evangelical Protestantism. The motion read “That this Assembly welcomes the important intervention of disability campaigner Heidi Crowter and rejects the imposition of abortion legislation which extends to all non-fatal disabilities, including Down’s syndrome.”   This arises from an extremely unusual political situation that developed in 2019. The Storont Assembly had not … Continued

NORTHERN IRELAND – What a difference a day makes, especially when civil disobedience is in the air

The BBC news headline said it all: “Abortions ‘can now be carried out’ in Northern Ireland”. Medical professionals in Northern Ireland can now “terminate pregnancies lawfully”, the NI Department of Health said. Last month, Northern Ireland’s abortion laws changed to permit first trimester abortions, but due to continuing backroom attempts to foil this long-awaited change by senior anti-abortion politicians, who were said to still want to “discuss the issue”, this had not been put into … Continued

NORTHERN IRELAND: PRESS RELEASE – Women’s health doctors support NHS abortion services in Northern Ireland, new survey shows

An ongoing survey being conducted by Ulster University, Northern Ireland, and University College London (UCL) has found that a significant majority of National Health Service obstetricians and gynaecologists in Northern Ireland have indicated their support for delivering abortion services. The survey provides valuable insight on the new abortion care services, which will soon be required following the UK Parliament’s decision last year to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland. Before then the UK Parliament and the … Continued

IRELAND NORTH AND SOUTH – The changing landscape of abortion care: embodied experiences of structural stigma in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

by Kathleen Broussard Social Science & Medicine 2020(January);245. Article 112686  (Not open access) Abstract The private use of abortion medication outside of the formal healthcare setting is an international phenomenon. Despite new and expanding pathways to abortion access, we know little about how women’s perceptions and experiences of abortion may also be changing. This study examines the embodied experience of 68 women who sought abortion services in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Social … Continued

NORTHERN IRELAND – The North is now!!! Northern Ireland abortion law reformed midnight 21 October 2019

Congratulations to everyone!!!! At midnight on 21 October 2019, Sections 58 & 59 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861 were repealed in Northern Ireland. Marriage equality became law too!!! The abortion law has been in place in Great Britain since 1967 but was never extended to Northern Ireland, and thousands of women and girls were barred from accessing abortions at home and with dignity. Alliance for Choice NI put out a press release … Continued

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