Campaign launched to modernise the Isle of Man’s abortion laws

The Isle of Man’s Termination of Pregnancy (Medical Defences) Act denies women access to basic medical care and forces them into secrecy and shame. Ahead of elections later this month, a new campaign aims to bring about much needed reform.The Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (CALM) wants to bring the Isle of Man’s law in line with the UK. Their law is up for review in the next parliament on the island. People can travel from the island to the mainland UK for health care such as cancer treatment, neurological surgery and even complicated antenatal care. The National Health Service on the Isle of Man foots the bill, including travel and accommodation. Abortion is one of the few exceptions. CALM believes that the time is ripe for a long-overdue change.SOURCE: The Independent, by “Mrs Q”, 13 September 2016 + LOGO