Abortion in Northern and Southern Ireland


On the island of Ireland, abortion on demand is now available North and South. With little publicity, under the cover of a national emergency, the new regulations for abortion in Northern Ireland are to be put into practice in the coming months. 

As predicted, this enforced law is more permissive than in mainland Britain. 

During the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy, a woman can have an abortion merely by asking for it, or “without conditions”. 

In cases where a “fatal foetal abnormality” is found, as abortionists like to call a life-challenging condition, there is no time limit. Does that mean up to birth, or during birth, or maybe just as the birth. Don’t hold your breath. This condition has been interpreted loosely and is bad law, apart from the fact that abortion is an unjust taking of a human life.

Between 12 and 24 weeks, abortion is allowed where two doctors believe that a mother’s physical or mental health is in serious danger. 

Who can perform an abortion? GPs, a registered nurse or midwife. 

Where can they take place? GP surgeries, clinics provided or licensed by the local health service trust and public hospitals. 



Meanwhile in the Republic, Minister Simon Harris still has time for his pet project while the Covid-19 virus spreads like a bogland fire. Encouraged by ultra left Independents in Dáil Eireann, he wants to allow the required consultation to take place through Skype while this Covid-19 emergency lasts. For very good reasons the Health Service Executive has insisted that a woman seeking an abortion must have a face-to-face meeting with her doctor, so that he can examine her case and ensure that there are no dangerous circumstances like an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy. A distance consultation would not allow a doctor to ensure that a pregnancy was under the 12-week time limit. It certainly moves the goalposts towards a regimen where you can get what you want.


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