abortion

  • April 28, 2016

    Amnesty International has called for a change to Northern Ireland’s abortion law, which it branded “cruel and discriminatory”, as another 'abortion pills' case came before the courts in Belfast yesterday (27 April 2016) concerning a woman accused of supplying pills to assist her under-age daughter to induce a miscarriage.

  • March 25, 2016

    Amnesty International has said it will study new draft legal guidance on abortion to be published by Northern Ireland's Department of Health and has repeated its call for urgent reform of the region’s restrictive abortion law. It was announced yesterday that the Northern Ireland government will finally publish the long-awaited draft guidance.

  • November 20, 2015

    Doctors, midwives and health professionals from every region of the world have added their voices to the growing pressure for the decriminalisation of abortion, with 838 from 44 countries signing an open letter to governments, published today by Amnesty International.

  • November 16, 2015

    The arrest of a 22-year-old woman in the city of Temuco in Chile for “consensual abortion” must spur the Chilean authorities on to pass proposed legislation to decriminalise abortion, says Amnesty International.

  • July 26, 2015

    The UNHR has criticised the UK Government and the Northern Ireland Executive on their failings to reform abortion law and address ‘Troubles’ related issues.

  • June 1, 2015

    Amnesty International has criticised a proposed change to Northern Ireland’s abortion law which could result in jail sentences for women and health professionals.

  • February 26, 2015

    The laws in Northern Ireland relating to abortion are “draconian” and in urgent need of reform, Amnesty International said today as it published a new report on the issue.

  • September 20, 2013

    The Roman Catholic Church should focus less on preaching against abortion, contraception and homosexuality and more on its ministry of mercy, Pope Francis has said.

  • August 4, 2013

    Abortion. The subject is chronically divisive, splitting countries, social groups, religious bodies and households alike. A new play, 'Sanctuary', takes a very human look at the issues, bound up in a two-handed performance about the fragility of relationship and the agony of decision. Anna Schwoub reports and profiles one of the key performance pieces at the 2013 Just Festival.

  • December 20, 2012

    What must life be like for UKIP's press officers? Just as the party’s support is rising, their candidates keep expressing views that are even farther to the right than UKIP’s official policies. Last month, UKIP’s culture spokesperson described adoption by same-sex couples as “child abuse”. Now one of their local government candidates in Kent has suggested that disabled children should face compulsory abortion.