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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…
Westminster politicians are not qualified to change abortion laws for Northern Ireland, the region's Secretary of State has said. Karen Bradley insisted that people in Northern Ireland do not want MPs making decisions on whether to overhaul the existing regime, as she explained the Government's reluctance to intervene on the…
Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws are incompatible with human rights legislation and need "radical reconsideration", the UK's highest court has urged. A majority of a seven-strong panel of Supreme Court justices ruled the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) had no legal standing to bring its challenge against the abortion…
Campaigners are due to begin a High Court challenge against a council's ban on demonstrations outside an abortion clinic. Ealing Council was the first in the country to create a 100-metre protest-free "buffer zone" outside a Marie Stopes clinic in the west London borough. Alina Dulgheriu, a representative for campaign…
The UK's highest court is set to rule on a challenge over the legality of Northern Ireland's strict abortion law. Seven Supreme Court justices in London will announce their decision on Thursday, at a time of intense political debate on the issue. The ruling by the panel of judges, headed…
A high-profile Democratic Unionist and former Stormont health minister has compared the abortion regime in Great Britain to the Holocaust. Jim Wells (pictured0 claimed the numbers murdered by the Nazis in concentration camps were comparable to the number of terminations since abortion laws were relaxed in England, Scotland and Wales.…
Karen Bradley has said she personally backs abortion reform - but the Northern Ireland Assembly must be restored to consider the issue to avoid disenfranchising 1.8 million people. The Northern Ireland Secretary confirmed if abortion came before the House of Commons then a free vote would take place, as it…
Repealing a 150-year-old law that criminalises abortion could eliminate certain safeguards and allow "abortion on demand throughout pregnancy", MPs have heard. Tory and DUP MPs stood to oppose the proposal to repeal certain sections of the Offences Against the Person Act (OAPA) 1861, saying it would "impose" one of the…
Jeremy Corbyn has hit out at the DUP after it insisted Westminster should not meddle with Northern Ireland's strict abortion regime. As the Commons was holding an emergency debate on termination laws, the Labour leader insisted Parliament had a responsibility to respect human rights standards. DUP leader Arlene Foster has…
A baby was decapitated after a doctor decided on the wrong method to try and deliver him, a medical tribunal has found. Dr Vaishnavy Vilvanathan Laxman failed to perform an immediate emergency caesarean section and instead proceeded with a regular delivery, a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MTPS) panel said in…
Prime Minister Theresa May has held discussions on Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws with Tory MPs pressing for change. With the Commons set to hold an emergency debate on the issue, Mrs May faces pressure from within Conservative ranks to take action. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt, who was made…
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