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Campaigners have accused the Government of treating thousands of women as "acceptable collateral damage" after it rejected calls to introduce national buffer zones outside abortion clinics. Introducing protest-free areas outside clinics to prevent harassment of patients "would not be a proportionate response", Home Secretary Sajid Javid said. His decision was…
A member of the DUP has criticised British MP Stella Creasy after she publicly condemned Arlene Foster's stance on abortion at a global women's caucus. Ms Creasy, of the Labour and Co-operative Party, said in Dublin: "Right now there is only one woman who gets to make a choice about…
A campaign group has lodged an appeal after it lost its legal challenge to the Scottish Government's move to allow pregnant women to take abortion-inducing medication at home. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) argued the decision by ministers, over the use of the drug misoprostol, was…
A campaign group's legal challenge to the Scottish Government's move to allow pregnant women to take abortion-inducing medication at home has been rejected by a judge. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) Scotland argued the decision by ministers, surrounding the use of the drug misoprostol, was "unlawful"…
An announcement on abortion buffer zones is expected from Home Secretary Sajid Javid next month, heightening campaigners' hopes for victory. A cross-party campaign to stop the harassment and abuse of women on their way into abortion centres, led by Labour MP Rupa Huq, is calling for national legislation following the…
More than 170 politicians from across the spectrum in the UK and Ireland have called on the British Government to reform Northern Ireland's abortion laws. The group, including Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem MPs and peers, Stormont Assembly members and Irish TDs and senators, said it is a matter of…
Abortion law in England is "no longer fit for purpose", experts have said. The president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), along with other leading reproductive health experts, has argued that the legislation governing abortion across the UK is "fragmented". They said England is "out of step"…
Theresa May faced calls to act urgently to give MPs the opportunity to liberalise Northern Ireland's abortion laws. The Prime Minister has been reluctant to intervene in the row because it is a devolved issue, but the collapse of the Stormont administration means MPs have pressed for action at Westminster.…
The Government faces renewed calls for buffer zones around abortion clinics after a High Court judge upheld a ban on protests outside a London facility. Ealing Council was the first in the country to create a 100-metre protest-free zone outside a Marie Stopes clinic in the west London borough following…
Women in Wales are to be allowed to take the second abortion pill at home. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said the move will increase choice for women and reduce the burden on clinical resources. Guidance will be issued to health boards in Wales from Friday on allowing misoprostol, the second…
Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald has said those supporting the ongoing ban on abortion in Northern Ireland need "a reality check". On a visit to London for a meeting with Theresa May, Mrs McDonald (pictured) repeated her call for abortion reform north of the border following the Republic of…
Pro-choice activists have accused the Northern Ireland Secretary of making inaccurate and disingenuous claims about Westminster's ability to legislate for abortion reform in Northern Ireland. Amnesty International criticised Karen Bradley's claim that parliament was not qualified to change the region's abortion regime and her further contention that people in Northern…
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