Abortion

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New Zealand is set to decriminalise abortion under new plans intended to bring the law "into line with many other developed countries". Under the present legal framework, which has remained unchanged since 1978, an abortion is only lawful in certain circumstances, including where continuing the preg

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Plans to extend abortion access and same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland have been approved by the House of Lords, following revisions to the process and timetable. MPs voted last week to amend the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill to include provisions on abortion and marriage which will

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A key Westminster committee has called on the UK government to take action to address UN findings about the human rights impact of Northern Ireland's restrictive abortion laws. In a report published today, the women and equalities committee said there had been several significant developments since

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Louth City Council is to seek legal advice on a proposed bye-law to prevent anti-abortion campaigners from targeting healthcare facilities offering abortion services. Councillors approved a motion by Cllr Emma Coffey, principal at Emma Coffey Solicitors, which proposed restrictions on certain behavi

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The Health Service Executive (HSE) has secured a temporary High Court injunction against a man who has allegedly set up a misleading website that is confusingly similar to the HSE's crisis pregnancy freephone service, "My Options". The temporary injunction was granted today by Ms Justice Leonie Reyn

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The High Court in Belfast will this week hear a landmark legal challenge aimed at finding Northern Ireland's abortion law in breach of the UK's human rights commitments. The case is being taken by Sarah Ewart, a woman who travelled to England for an abortion after a fatal foetal abnormality diagnosi

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Máiréad Enright, senior lecturer at Birmingham Law School and co-director of the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project, sets out options for reform. The Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018 (HRPTA) makes no provision for exclusion zones to prevent protests at lo

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