Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pro-Choice Campaigners Test Law In Northern Ireland By Swallowing Abortion Pills

Pro-Choice Campaigners Test Law In Northern Ireland By Swallowing Abortion Pills

They led her away from the centre of the event and a tense stand-off ensued, with many campaigners gathering around her, insisting that she should not be arrested.

In the United Kingdom, abortion is legal on the British mainland but remains outlawed in Northern Ireland and dozens of British lawmakers have called for a change in the law.

"We do have people who already come to our hospitals from Northern Ireland for healthcare so I imagine it will be treated as a normal part of our health service", Mr Varadkar said.

'We are not willing in the wake of the repeal referendum to be left behind any longer.

Ireland voted by 66 percent in favour of repealing a ban on abortions after an emotional campaign in which women of all ages shared stories about having to travel to England for the procedure.

"We are not willing to accept it anymore".

Protest organizers didn't say whether the women were pregnant, noting that it would be illegal for them to take the pills if they were.

Meanwhile pro-choice campaigners say more compassion should be shown.

Ms Coppinger said it was an "outrage" that the 1967 Abortion Act that applies elsewhere in the United Kingdom had not been extended to Northern Ireland.

Abortions are outlawed in almost all cases in Northern Ireland.

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"We are very concerned about what is happening here today and we welcome the presence of the PSNI to ensure that our laws are upheld here in Northern Ireland", she said. "I still believe in the right to life of every person".

After a tense hour-long encounter staged in an open area between the court buildings, the pro-choice activists boarded a bus.

They drove towards the Lisburn constituency office of the anti-abortion Democratic Unionists, who oppose liberalisation in Northern Ireland, to continue their day of protest.

A spokesman said the Prime Minister considered the issue a matter for the devolved Northern Ireland assembly, and would therefore not use Westminster's powers to impose abortion on the province.

He said the issue was "crucial" to the survival of the deal.

"Personally, I'm surprised by the extent of it", Doran said, adding that he "was conscious that there seemed to be a silent vote", but "didn't know what way it was going to go".

Three women gathered in a circle and others dressed as handmaidens, in reference to the Margaret Atwood novel The Handmaid's Tale about women's rights being stripped away, stood behind them.

"And that's why it will take until the end of the year to get all of those three elements in place". A divisive referendum would simply delay women's rights longer.

Unlike other parts of the United Kingdom, the 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to Northern Ireland.

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