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 At midnight on 21 October 2019, Sections 58 & 59 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861 were repealed in Northern Ireland.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

NORTHERN IRELAND – Northern Ireland abortion law breaches human rights, High Court in Belfast rules

The ruling, on 3 October 2019, was on a case brought by Sarah Ewart, 29, who was denied a termination in 2013 despite an ultrasound scan showing that the fetus she was carrying would not survive. She was forced to travel to England to terminate her pregnancy, and she took this case seeking to ensure that no other woman would have to go through that. “This must be the last time a woman is put … Continued

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

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