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17 December 2014

Northern Ireland: Bernadette Smyth sentenced

An anti-abortion protester convicted of harassing a Marie Stopes clinic director has been sentenced to 100 hours community service.

11 December 2014

Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission challenges abortion law

The Northern Ireland human rights commission (NIHRC) is to take the devolved government in Belfast to the high court over its refusal to reform the abortion law.

7 December 2014

Italy: Doctors refuse to perform abortions

Italian women are being deprived of the right to an abortion, as the Vatican's influence over the country's health system results in the hiring of doctors who refuse to undertake the procedure on moral grounds, a group of the country's pro-choice doctors has warned.

7 December 2014

UK: Pregnant woman leaves anti-abortion protesters speechless

A video in which protesters picketing a London abortion clinic are challenged by a pregnant passerby has gone viral after being posted on YouTube.

7 December 2014

UK: Private prosecution brought in ‘sex selection’ case

A doctor has appeared in court accused of offering an abortion based on the sex of the fetus in a private prosecution launched by an anti-abortion campaigner.

1 December 2014

It’s time for anti-abortion protesters to back off

Women have the right to access abortion advice without being harassed. That’s why we’re calling for clinic ‘buffer zones’, writes Ann Furedi in the Guardian.

1 December 2014

UK: Call for buffer zones around clinics

More robust regulations are needed to protect women and staff from increasing intimidation by anti-abortion activists, British Pregnancy Advisory Service insists.

1 December 2014

UK: Scotland, devolution, and abortion laws

Ed Miliband has been caught up in a furious Labour row over plans to let Scotland decide its own abortion laws, the Mail on Sunday reports.

28 November 2014

UK: Row over cancellation of Oxford University abortion debate

A debate has raged in the national press over the cancellation of a debate hosted by Oxford Students for Life, on the motion 'This House Believes Britain's Abortion Culture Hurts Us All'.

24 November 2014

Canada: New study finds variation in abortion access and method

The early findings of a 2012 survey, presented in Quebec City and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, suggests access to abortion services vary widely depending on province, and whether a woman resides in a rural or urban area.

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