On 18 April 2016 it was reported that one of the charges against a man in Northern Ireland – giving a woman “a drug” to procure an abortion – was dropped at a preliminary court hearing, while other charges of violence and threats against her would still be tried. The newspaper reports do not explain why the charge was dropped.
Deputy leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland Clare Bailey has suggested that men should be prosecuted under Northern Ireland’s abortion ban if their female partner has an abortion. This suggestion arises following the recent prosecutions in Northern Ireland of women who have had abortions using medical abortion pills.
Statements in solidarity with Poland and Northern Ireland from theInternational Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraception Associates
Both the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) and Amnesty International Ireland say woman and girls must feel confident they will not be reported to the police if they present at an emergency department having used abortion pills. There are currently no guidelines in this jurisdiction, but nor is there any legal obligation on clinicians to report a woman or girl they suspect of using the abortion pills.
1) Belfast, NI: protest outside the Public Prosecution Service/Royal Courts of Justice, Lower Chichester Street, Thursday 7 April, 5.30-6.30pm, city centre. Hashtags: #notacriminal ; #trustwomen A statement about Poland will be read out here. 2) Derry, NI: No More Prosecutions, Drop the Charges, protest Saturday 9 April, 2pm, Newmarket Street steps (outside Richmond Centre). 3) London: West End Central Police Station, 27 Savile Row, London W1, 9 April, 1pm. Pro-choice supporters will be ‘handing themselves … Continued