Alliance for Choice support the concept of ‘conscientious commitment’ and the provision of role models to healthcare staff, medical students, doctors, nurses and midwives who commit to providing high quality, patient-centred abortion care. Termination of pregnancy is a hugely important and common aspect of reproductive and sexual healthcare services.
Alliance for Choice is aware of scaremongering being circulated by organisations unhappy with the likely changes in the law on Abortion in Northern Ireland on 22nd October. We believe that the best interests and wishes of the people of Northern Ireland are finally being granted. Despite the pushback of a vocal minority who would see us imprisoned for having abortions, we know the majority of the population of Northern Ireland support those who have had or will need an abortion.
As the 22nd October 2019 approaches it looks increasingly certain that abortion will be decriminalised with the repeal of sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Persons Act in Northern Ireland. This is the first important step towards fulfilling the recommendations of the United Nations CEDAW committee for a human rights compliant system of reproductive healthcare.
Decriminalisation by itself won’t deliver services however, and as of the October deadline, the Northern Ireland Office will have 5 months to consult on a regulatory framework and service delivery plan.