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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Please support abortion rights for women in Northern Ireland

I received the following email yesterday from the Family Planning Association (via my trade union):


Women in Northern Ireland want abortion services. Some 2,000 women pay privately and travel to England and overseas every year to have the abortion they cannot have in their own country.


If MPs and organisations who believe in a woman’s right to choose are going to win the vote to amend the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill for Northern Ireland, we need your help. We must send a strong message telling all MPs in Parliament they must vote for change. Send an e-postcard or write a letter to your MP and sign the petition to say you support the women of Northern Ireland from these links.

Postcard: http://www.fpa.org.uk/news/campaigns/current_campaigns/detail.cfm?contentid=989

Letter: http://www.fpa.org.uk/news/campaigns/current_campaigns/detail.cfm?contentid=991

Petition: http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/abortionNI/

Myths and Realities of abortion in Northern Ireland: http://www.fpa.org.uk/attachments/published/1061/PDF%20Abortion%20in%20Northern%20Ireland%20myths%20and%20realities%20briefing%20sheet.pdf

Over 80,000 Northern Irish women have been forced to travel overseas to pay for a private abortion since the Abortion Act of 1967. You can stop this now and give the next generation of women in Northern Ireland the right to choose.

More details about fpa’s campaign can be found at our website www.fpa.org.uk. You can also find out about the only unplanned pregnancy counselling service in Northern Ireland run by fpa, and what happens to women we see.

Thank you for your support.

Rebecca Findlay

Press and Campaigns Manager, fpa

DL: 020 7608 5265
Press Mobile: 07958 921060
50 Featherstone Street


This seems a worthwhile cause for which to take up the cudgels (shillelaghs?) I have signed the petition and written to my MP, and I would urge any UK voters reading this to do the same. I remember the sense of outrage among gay friends when Scotland and N.I. lagged many years behind England and Wales in the decriminalisation of homsexual acts. I have no problem with devolution (well, duh, I live in Scotland) but as abortion law is an area of legislation reserved for the Westminster parliament I fail to see why there should be such major anomalies. If it's too important a matter to devolve, it's too important to be the source of discrimination.


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