Parliamentary Network E-News

Volume 14
No. 2
April, 2020

Northern Ireland: UK Enacts Abortion on Demand Amid Pandemic

The UK has published the new abortion regulations for Northern Ireland, ushering in abortion on demand. The regulations implement legislation passed in July 2019, Section 9 of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Act, which obligated the UK government to legalize abortion in Northern Ireland if the national government was not reinstated by October 2019. Despite the fact that the Stormont was restored in January and the country is battling the coronavirus pandemic, the UK government moved forward with the guidelines effective March 31, 2020.
The new law in Northern Ireland will allow abortion “without conditionality” for the first trimester, up to 24 weeks gestation where there is a risk to the mother’s physical or mental health, and up until birth in cases of fetal anomaly. Abortions can be performed by doctors, nurses and midwives. The statute states that providers have the right to conscience objection, with the exception for when “the participation in treatment is necessary to save the life or to prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of a pregnant woman or girl.”
Leading pro-life group Precious Life is urging MLAs to repeal the law through the “Repeal Section 9” campaign and circulating a petition that already has thousands of signatures across NI. Additionally, Precious Life is urging the Department of Health of Northern Ireland to focus its efforts on the pandemic efforts and saving lives rather than implementing this new policy that will end them.

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In This Issue


Defending Life

Abortion Funding Kept Out of Coronavirus Aid Act

Pandemic Concerns Halts Some Abortions

Physicians Declare: Abortion is Not Essential Healthcare

Pro-Life Leaders Seek Abortion Clinic Compliance

Disability Community Must be Protected

International Pressure for Abortion

Pandemic Viewed by Pro-Abortionists as an Opportunity

Attorneys General Seek Mail Order Abortion Drugs

Northern Ireland: UK Enacts Abortion on Demand amid Pandemic

Northern Ireland: Struggle to Stop DIY Abortion

UK: DIY Abortions No Longer Banned

Telemedicine for Abortion

South Australia: Abortion Activists Seek Telemedicine Abortion


Focus on the United Nations

CSW Declaration Disappoints Pro-Abortion Activists

Legislative News

Democratic Pro-Life Leader Loses Primary

UK: New Report Reveals Unborn Babies Feel Pain Earlier

Canada: New Bill Would Ban Sex-Selective Abortions

India: Lower House Votes to Extend Abortion Limit to 24 Weeks

New Zealand: Parliament Votes to Legalize Abortion


Executive News

Argentina: Plans to Legalize Abortion on Hold Due to COVID-19


Judicial News

EU: Court of Human Rights Denies Conscience Rights
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