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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…
Sinn Fein has accused the DUP of being out of step with public opinion on abortion, as it expressed doubt some of its voters were defecting to the unionist party on the issue. Former Stormont junior minister Megan Fearon (pictured) said Sinn Fein supporters would not be prepared to set…
The more children a woman has, the greater her risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure, research has shown. Researchers at the University of Cambridge found having five or more children is associated with a 40% increased risk of a serious heart attack in the next 30 years, compared…
The UK's highest court rules next week on a challenge over the legality of Northern Ireland's strict abortion law. Seven Supreme Court justices in London will announce their decision on the controversial issue on Thursday June 7. The ruling by the panel of judges, headed by the court's president Lady…
Pro-choice campaigners have taken abortion pills outside Northern Ireland's main court buildings in defiance of the strict laws governing terminations. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where the procedure is not legal, aside from exceptional cases, and Ireland has voted to allow it in early pregnancy. There…
Theresa May should allow a free Commons vote on abortion law reform in Northern Ireland, senior Tory MP Dr Sarah Wollaston has said. Following last week's overwhelming vote in favour of legal abortion in the Republic, the PM has faced cross-party calls to deliver similar rights to women north of…
Hundreds of pro-choice activists have vowed to hit Northern Ireland like a "seismic wave" as they stepped up their bid for change with a Belfast rally. A campaign of civil disobedience to the country's tight restrictions is due to be launched with a bus journey from the city to Londonderry…
Ireland's historic abortion referendum looks to have delivered a landslide win for those advocating liberalisation, after two major exit polls recorded huge victory margins. One poll by national broadcaster RTE suggested almost 70% of the electorate have voted to end the country's all but blanket ban on terminations, with another,…
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