Abortion



Women blocked from abortion care a year on from law change

The failings of Northern Ireland’s Department of Health are causing abortion provision to breakdown and are putting women in a vulnerable and dangerous position, Amnesty International and Informing Choices NI (ICNI) have said on the anniversary of abortion becoming decriminalised in Northern Ireland.

Published 22 October 2020

Stormont passes symbolic motion on stricter abortion laws

Northern Ireland's new abortion regime is too extensive because it covers "non-fatal disabilities", MLAs resolved yesterday after Stormont's first debate on the matter since the law was changed.

Published 3 June 2020

Stormont parties move towards tightening of abortion laws

Abortion laws in Northern Ireland could be tightened again after the DUP and Sinn Féin indicated their opposition to parts of the regulations introduced earlier this year.

Published 1 June 2020

Poland: MPs shelve plan to further restrict access to abortion

Controversial proposals to tighten Poland's already-strict abortion laws have been effectively shelved by MPs.

Published 17 April 2020

New abortion pills rules in England 'should be extended to Northern Ireland'

New measures allowing women in England to take abortion pills at home during the coronavirus pandemic should be extended to Northern Ireland, campaigners have said.

Published 31 March 2020

Abortion regulations laid in Parliament

New regulations allowing for access to abortion in Northern Ireland on request in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy have been laid in Parliament.

Published 26 March 2020

European Court declares anti-abortion midwives' case inadmissible

Two midwives who were denied employment in Sweden because of their refusal to participate in abortions have had their application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) declared inadmissible.

Published 16 March 2020

Prosecution of woman who bought abortion pills did not breach human rights

The prosecution of a woman who bought abortion pills for her teenage daughter did not breach human rights laws, the High Court in Belfast has ruled.

Published 17 December 2019

Prosecution of woman who bought abortion pills for daughter dropped

The prosecution of a woman who bought abortion pills for her teenage daughter has been formally dropped following the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland yesterday.

Published 23 October 2019

Attempt to railroad anti-abortion bill through Stormont fails

A last-ditch attempt to stop the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland by rushing a bill through Stormont in a single day has failed.

Published 22 October 2019

158-year-old abortion law to be repealed at midnight

An 158-year-old law criminalising abortion in Northern Ireland will be repealed at midnight tonight under a law passed by MPs this summer.

Published 21 October 2019

New guidance sets out abortion law changes if statutory deadline passes

The UK Government has published guidance for healthcare professionals in Northern Ireland on abortion law changes which will come into effect later this month if devolution is not restored.

Published 9 October 2019

High Court: Abortion law in Northern Ireland is incompatible with European Convention on Human Rights

A woman who had to travel to England for a termination after being told that her unborn child had a fatal foetal abnormality has been successful in her challenge to Northern Ireland's abortion law.

Published 3 October 2019

Northern Ireland Office to launch 'awareness campaign' over abortion and same-sex marriage plans

The Northern Ireland Office will soon launch an "awareness campaign" to set out how it plans to implement a law requiring abortion access and same-sex marriage to be introduced if devolution is not restored later this month.

Published 1 October 2019

New Zealand to decriminalise abortion

New Zealand is set to decriminalise abortion under new plans intended to bring the law "into line with many other developed countries".

Published 7 August 2019