"The Abortion Act’s 40th birthday has recently been marked with enormous press coverage about when and to whom abortion should be safely and legally available. Amongst all the fretting about irresponsible women getting themselves knocked up and hoovered out for the sheer, reckless fun of it, there was little or no discussion in the press of the part of the UK where the 1967 Abortion Act has never applied. In Northern Ireland the legal position of abortion is murky and confusing. If you were to ask people in the street in Belfast, you would be told "there’s no abortion here".
In fact, women are sometimes given abortions here if doctors decide that their life is endangered by the pregnancy, they have severe learning difficulties, or the foetus is abnormal. Occasionally women are also able to get abortions here if they have been raped. These decisions rest with individual doctors, operating in a legal twilight zone. The vast majority of women from Northern Ireland who have an abortion travel across the Irish Sea for the procedure, as do many women from the Republic of Ireland. Since 1967, about 64,000 women from Northern Ireland have had abortions in England or Wales.”
And of course the first man I email to talk about abortion in Northern Ireland just happens to be the only person I’ve emailed from an anti-choice organization.
mango? why not womango? end sexism now
womyngo. smash the papayatriarchy.