The UK government has been complicit in Northern Ireland’s near-total ban on abortion for fifty years. Now, British activists and politicians must join the fight for changeby Rachel Watters / May 29, 2018 / Leave a comment
The landslide result of the referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment in the Republic of Ireland has brought long-overdue attention to the UK’s blind spot for reproductive rights: Northern Ireland.
50 years after its enactment in Great Britain, the 1967 Abortion Act does not apply in Northern Ireland and abortion is only permitted there in circumstances where it is necessary to preserve the life of the pregnant person.
The essence of the problem is twofold. First, politicians at Stormont and Westminster have gravely neglected the human rights of people in Northern Ireland by refusing to legislate for access to abortion services there, and allowing people who self-induce abortions via imported pills to be criminalised under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act.