Medical abortion

Abortion is illegal in almost all circumstances in both north and south Ireland. Many women now evade that ban using the Early Medical Abortion (EMA) pill ordered online from organisations that include Women Help Women and Women on Waves.

Solidarity protests spread after Belfast woman charged for helping her daughter procure an abortion

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News broke on the 19th June that a Belfast woman is to stand trial for helping her daughter procure an abortion.  In response on 24th June  a letter was handed in signed by 215 abortion activists admitting that they are guilty of breaking the law by either taking or helping someone procure the Early Medical Abortion (EMA) pill.

Alliance for Choice Belfast has organised this action in solidarity with the woman charged. A similar action occurred in 2013 when 100 people signed a letter admitting to doing the same thing this woman has done and not a single person who signed the letter was contacted by police.

Anti choice extremists defeated but this legislation is worthless - where next?

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Despite spending in the region of a million euro and getting the backing of the catholic church its now clear that the anti-choice extremists of Youth Defence & the Pro Life Campaign were resoundingly defeated when the Dail finally voted though legislation implementing the X-Case judgment of 21 years ago.  This time last year they were confident that they already had enough Fine Gael TD's on board to block the required legislation but they reckoned against the wave of public anger that followed the death of Savita Halappanavar after she was denied a potentially life saving abortion in a Galway hospital. 

100's of women have medical abortions in republic but what of those who can't?

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Anti-choice bigots are going into a frenzy to try and prevent the Irish government legislating for abortion provision in the republic as required by the X and C judgements. But they are ignoring the reality that 1000 plus women are already obtaining abortions in the republic every year and are simply making that decision for themselves. The bigots 'keep Ireland abortion free' crusade was fake even before the opening of Marie Stopes in Belfast, the false slogan is presumably designed to fool the US donors whose donations the bigots salaries and offices depend on. But it is having tragic consequences for women in Ireland as those unable to access abortion pills are left without access to abortion.

Oppose the police raids searching for abortion pills in the north

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A number of police raids have occurred in search for abortion pills in the north this past week. According to the London Times "At least a dozen other people connected with the pills have been contacted by the PSNI and invited for interview." This will impact people in the south as many pills provided to people south of the border generally come through the north.

Yet another women arrested in north Ireland for use of abortion pills

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It was reported 27th October that yet another woman has been arrested and charged for having an illegal abortion through use of pills obtained online in northern Ireland. It is believed that the woman sought medical help after taking the pills and so we can only assume that she was reported to the police by staff at the hospital.

BBC spreads misinformation about safety of abortion pills

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The BBC  spread dangerous misinformation about the abortion pills in its broadcast of 27th October.  They have claimed that it is dangerous and that “a number of women will actually require a blood transfusion" after taking the pills.  This is not true. The abortion pills, mifepristone and misoprostol, are extremely safe - safer than viagra and aspirin as a matter of fact. They are on WHO's list of essential medicines.

Today we mobilise - Belfast Rally for Choice

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We have mobilised for and will be covering the Belfast Rally for Choice today via on Facebook and Twitter accounts. Below is a last minute message from the organisers.

Today we march, and today they march.

For the first time on this island there will be mass mobilisations of the pro choice movement and the anti choice movement.

Derry 3 admit providing the abortion pill to make law unworkable

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Three women have just (23rd May) handed themselves into the Strand Road Police Station in Derry admitting to breaking the anti-choice abortion law. They will either admit to providing the abortion pill or taking it themselves.

We have openly and defiantly broken their law and they have ignored this, these three brave women have decided to force their hand.

100s protest sentencing of young woman who had an abortion in her home

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Close to 200 people gathered outside of the Public Prosecution Service and the Courts in Belfast yesterday (April 7) to protest against the decision to give a three month suspended sentence for two years to a young woman who had an abortion in her home.

The 21-year-old woman tried to raise funds to travel to England so she could have the procedure done legally but when she was unable to come up with the costly funds she was left with no other option but to order abortion pills online like so many other women have been forced to do.

Need Abortion Ireland launched to provide practical help to people who need to access abortion

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A new campaign has today (April 7th) been launched which aims to provide practical help to people who need to access abortion and pro-choice reproductive healthcare.

The initiative, Need Abortion Ireland, comes in the wake of a woman being handed a three month suspended sentence for two years in the North for having an abortion in her home, something which would have been legal had she been able to afford an abortion in England.

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