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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,…
The Republic of Ireland is holding a referendum on May 25 that could dramatically change its stance on abortion. Here’s a rundown of what is happening, when and why. What is Ireland voting on? The referendum is about taking action that would result in the repeal of article 40.3.3 of…
A mother has been convicted of duping her teenage daughter to go to Pakistan and forcing her to marry, in the first successful prosecution of its type. The woman was found guilty following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court, where a jury heard how the victim had sobbed as she…
Home Secretary Sajid Javid is facing a call from more than 150 MPs to press ahead with a review into demonstrations outside abortion clinics.The review was originally ordered by his predecessor Amber Rudd who said it was "completely unacceptable" that women attending abortion clinics should feel harassed or intimidated.Following her…
A coroner has criticised "repeated failures" at a high-profile abortion clinic following the death of a mother of one, hours after she had her foetus terminated. Dr Sean Cummings said the case involving Aisha Chithira, 31, who travelled to England from Ireland to have a termination at a Marie Stopes…
Five women in red robes, their heads hooded, veils over their faces, silently watched as parliamentarians on the Isle of Man gathered on a grassy hillside last July. They had come, unannounced and shrouded in mystery, to demonstrate against the island's current abortion laws on Tynwald day - the Manx…
The Isle of Man is set to radically change women's reproductive rights by decriminalising abortion in a "major step forward", the doctor spearheading the reform said. The Abortion Reform Bill consultation received the most responses ever on the island, a self-governing crown dependency where abortion is only legal in very…
Campaigners have taken the first step in a bid to take a council to court over a ban on demonstrations outside an abortion clinic. Ealing Council was the first in the country to create a protest-free safe zone outside a Marie Stopes clinic in the west London borough. Alina Dulgheriu,…
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