Abortion

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Anti-abortion protesters could be fined or jailed for harassing women outside hospitals and clinics, under a proposed law, The Times reports. Paul Gavan, the Sinn Féin senator, introduced the safe access zones bill in the Seanad yesterday. It would mandate a 100m buffer zone around relevant p

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A high-profile legal challenge to the liberalisation of Northern Ireland's abortion laws, spearheaded by former Attorney General John Larkin QC, has begun in the High Court. Mr Larkin is acting on behalf of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) in an application for judicial revie

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Abortion will be legalised in San Marino after more than three-quarters of voters in the small European republic backed the move in a referendum yesterday. At least 95 per cent of people living in San Marino, one of Europe's oldest sovereign states, profess the Catholic faith and around half of thos

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An independent review of Ireland's abortion laws will begin within weeks, health minister Stephen Donnelly has indicated. The Department of Health confirmed to The Irish Times that an independent expert will be appointed to lead the review, which will take "a three-part approach to reviewing the ope

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Health minister Stephen Donnelly has denied that plans to legislate for exclusion zones around abortion clinics have been dropped. A spokesperson for the Department of Health had earlier suggested to the Irish Examiner that "existing public order legislation" could deal with protests outside healthc

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Northern Ireland's Department of Health has been directed to commission and make abortion services available as soon as possible and no later than 31 March 2022. Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis yesterday issued the direction using his powers under the Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations

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Pro-life campaigners have formally lodged proceedings in Belfast against regulations giving the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland powers to direct the commissioning of abortion services. Belfast law firm Hewitt & Gilpin has been instructed by the Centre for Bioethical Reform Northern Irela

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Former Attorney General John Larkin QC will lead a legal team assembled by pro-life campaigners to challenge regulations giving the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland powers to direct the commissioning of abortion services. Belfast law firm Hewitt & Gilpin has been instructed by the Centre

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Regulations giving the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland powers to direct the commissioning of abortion services have been approved by Westminster. The Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021 were approved by MPs in a 431-89 vote on Tuesday and agreed by Lords yesterday afternoon.

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The UK government will intervene to commission abortion services in Northern Ireland following Health Minister Robin Swann's failure to do so, according to reports. Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis is this week expected to introduce regulations which will give him the power to direct the com

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Human rights campaigners have welcomed the reinstatement of early abortion services by Northern Ireland’s South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. Earlier this month, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) launched legal action against the government over its failure to commis

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