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Women in Scotland are to be the first in the UK to be allowed to take the abortion pill at home. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) has been lobbying to change the law in the UK and welcomed the development. Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood has written…
A challenge at the UK's highest court over the legality of Northern Ireland's strict abortion law has concluded. Seven Supreme Court justices in London will give a ruling on the controversial issue at a date yet to be fixed, but thought to be early next year. The Northern Ireland Human…
Northern Ireland's strict abortion law criminalises "exceptionally vulnerable" women and girls and subjects them to "inhuman and degrading" treatment, the UK's highest court has heard. A QC told a panel of Supreme Court justices in London on Tuesday that human rights were being breached, with those affected being forced to…
Women on low incomes from Northern Ireland who seek a free NHS abortion in England will also receive state support to pay for their travel costs, the Government has announced. Those who meet defined financial hardship criteria will be eligible for the measure, Justine Greening said. Ms Greening, the Secretary…
Northern Ireland's strict abortion law is set to come under scrutiny at the UK's highest court. The case centres on the current law which makes it an offence for a woman to abort with a fatal foetal abnormality or where the pregnancy arises through rape or incest. Tuesday's proceedings in…
Anti-abortion protesters could be banned from standing outside a clinic after a "ground-breaking" decision by a council. Ealing Council voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion to stop the anti-abortion groups from protesting outside a clinic in the west London borough. Councillor Binda Rai told a council meeting it was…
A Tory conference event featuring Jacob Rees-Mogg has descended into chaos after protesters mobbed the high-profile backbencher. Demonstrators holding up placards chanted "Tories out" at the packed meeting on Brexit. Conservative supporters returned fire, shouting "Labour scum". Mr Rees-Mogg was mobbed by a couple of protesters who harangued him directly…
British women are seeking abortion pills online due to barriers accessing care, research suggests. A new study in the journal Contraception found some women in England, Scotland and Wales are shunning traditional routes such as the NHS in favour of seeking help online. Experts found that 519 women contacted Women…
Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg has been branded "extreme" after revealing he is opposed to abortion in all circumstances, including rape and incest. The Catholic father-of-six, often dubbed "the MP for the 18th century" over his old-fashioned ways, also signalled his opposition to same-sex marriage. Mr Rees-Mogg (pictured), who has been…
The Government intends to fund abortions in England for women arriving from Northern Ireland, Chancellor Philip Hammond has said. His announcement follows a proposed amendment to the Queen's Speech calling for the Government to ensure adequate funding to allow women from Northern Ireland to have abortions in England without being…
Abortion should be decriminalised, medics at the British Medical Association (BMA) have said. Delegates at the BMA's annual meeting in Bournemouth voted in favour of a motion calling for a change in the law. This means the BMA will adopt this stance as formal policy and lobby ministers for a…
Senior MPs have urged the Government to intervene over abortion laws in Northern Ireland after ministers agreed a £1 billion deal with the Democratic Unionist Party. Tory Anna Soubry and Labour's Yvette Cooper (pictured) were among those to brand the current situation an "injustice" amidst calls from the Government to…
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