The 1967 Abortion Act was never extended to Northern Ireland, and women there still have to make the expensive and difficult journey to England to access this basic right.
“We wanted to draw attention to the different realities of women’s rights within Europe – how different life can be for women just a few hundred metres apart.”
In Britain, women’s options are constrained and conditional, but there are at least options. In Ireland, there are none.
A new legal challenge to Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws marks a huge success for the pro-choice movement.
They should oppose any legislation that jeopardises women’s full and equal access to all reproductive health services.
The proposal to impose ten-year jail sentences on any woman who has an abortion in a non-NHS clinic in Northern Ireland would plunge women’s rights into the dark ages.
A new push to criminalise sex-selective abortion shows us that the untidy truce that passes for abortion legislation in the UK is no longer holding. We must remake the law to recognise that women are people with rights over their own bodies.
“Asking the nurse not to turn the ultrasound away, I saw our baby, the same size as a chickpea, and wondered how an innocent thing could ever be shameful.”
As an onlooker to this case, what strikes me is the constant traffic of foreign objects through this woman’s body, imposing foreign wills.
If you are a woman of my generation, you were born into an era of extraordinary good fortune, where you have the right to decide what happens to your body. But we mistook a truce in the war on women for a victory.