abortion northern ireland
At Marie Stopes UK we believe it is high time that women were trusted to make decisions over their bodies and their lives and we call on the government to empower women in England and Wales with the same rights.
This week, like every other, about 20 women from Northern Ireland will travel to the mainland for an abortion. Unlike women in the rest of the UK, they are not entitled to have their procedure funded by the NHS so they'll have to pay for treatment themselves. They come because the law governing abortion in Northern Ireland is incredibly restrictive. Women, and anyone helping them to abort a pregnancy, face life in prison unless a woman's life is in danger or the pregnancy poses a 'real and serious, permanent or long-term' risk to her health.