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Midwives have reacted with fury after the chief executive of their union reportedly backed a campaign to scrap the abortion time limit without consulting its members. Royal College of Midwives (RCM) chief executive Cathy Warwick also holds a top position at a charity advocating the law change and has been…
Forcing vulnerable women to travel outside Northern Ireland to access abortion services is "shameful", the devolved Assembly has heard. The comments were made during a lengthy debate on amending the law governing termination of pregnancies. Alliance Party MLA Stewart Dickson (pictured) said: "If we are to continue to fail women…
Northern Ireland's Attorney General has lodged an appeal against a High Court ruling that declared the region's strict abortion laws incompatible with human rights legislation. John Larkin (pictured) is to challenge Mr Justice Horner's judgment in the Court of Appeal. The judge's landmark ruling last year had potentially paved the…
A landmark legal challenge to relax Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws has been successful. The challenge was brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC), which wants access to legal terminations in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality. Judge Mr Justice Mark Horner told Belfast High Court:…
It is "verging on the patronising" to suggest Holyrood is not capable of holding power of abortion law, Scottish Secretary David Mundell has insisted. The cabinet minister clashed with former shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper as heated debate on the Scotland Bill continued in the Commons. The Government plans to…
The writer of the Father Ted comedy series has described the heartbreak of losing a child to a foetal abnormality, and called for abortion laws to be liberalised in Ireland. Dublin-born Graham Linehan, whose sitcom was one of the most successful in Irish television history, claimed the restrictions on terminations…
A young woman and her mother have vowed to continue their legal fight for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England. Their lawyer announced that they "do not intend to give up" after their case was rejected by three judges at the Court of…
A group of pro-life MPs have launched a bid to give the Scottish Parliament the power to change abortion law in the country. A cross-party amendment to the Scotland Bill, signed by three Catholic MPs - Liberal Democrat John Pugh, Tory Fiona Bruce and Labour's Robert Flello - would devolve…
A Conservative amendment to explicitly ban abortion on the basis of gender alone has been rejected by the Commons after MPs were told the backbench proposal would not change the law. But Congleton MP Fiona Bruce's amendment was backed by more than 200 MPs on its way to defeat by…
Government rules that prevent women from Northern Ireland receiving free abortions on the NHS in England have been upheld by the High Court. A test case was brought by a girl, referred to as “A”, unable to access services free of charge. The law on abortion is stricter in Northern…
Women at a London abortion clinic have been told having terminations can make them more likely to sexually abuse children they may have later, an investigation has revealed. An undercover reporter for the Daily Telegraph newspaper posed as a woman asking about the procedure and was told about various risks,…
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