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 the offer of impartial counselling and buffer zones to protect women and clinics from harassment.
FULL TEXT OF LAW: http://www.tynwald.org.im/business/bills/Bills/Abortion_Reform_Bill_2018.pdf
SOURCE: Daily Telegraph, 15 January 2019