Penny Morduant’s Letter to Maria Miller after the Women and Equalities Inquiry
Alliance for Choice have noted that neither the Supreme Court nor CEDAW are satisfied that these arrangements in any way relieve Westminster from their duty to act as noted in the summary of the CEDAW report in February this year.
Alliance for Choice welcomes the call for better established perinatal care for families faced with tragic diagnosis. We believe that all families deserve to be given the option of perinatal care as part of a range of options, as would be offered to our counterparts in England, Scotland and Wales
In their recommendations they recognise our current legal problems and propose:
“Introduce, as an interim measure, a moratorium on the application of criminal laws concerning abortion, and cease all related arrests, investigations and criminal prosecutions, including of women seeking post-abortion care and healthcare professionals; “
Alliance for Choice have noted that the Department of Health released figures on the Northern Ireland termination of pregnancy statistics this week for 2016/17 and confirmed that 13 terminations were carried out under Northern Ireland’s strict guidelines.
Co-Chair Emma Campbell commented; “We are concerned that women and pregnant people who qualify for treatment here are still being forced to travel. This is due to the lack of access to appropriate NHS services in Northern Ireland, coupled with the unwillingness of the Department of Health to provide clear and concise pathways to abortion care.
Our in house Medical Student for Choice discusses our most recent assembly election and candidate's positions on the matter of choice, as well as the importance of transfer votes.
A speech delivered by Kellie O'Dowd, co-chair of AfC, on International Women's Day 2017, on Angela Davis' visit to Belfast and the importance of abortion access.