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World Same-sex marriage and abortion now legal in Northern Ireland

04:45  22 october  2019
04:45  22 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Same - sex marriage was also legalised under the change to the law. Until this day, women in Northern Ireland faced up to life in prison for having an abortion . Under this near-blanket abortion ban, rape, incest, or fatal foetal abnormalities are not grounds for an abortion in Northern Ireland .

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Northern Ireland has legalized abortion and same - sex marriage as the midnight deadline passed amid failing last-minute efforts to block the legalization.

a group of people posing for a picture: Pro Choice activists ahead of the law changing© Imagebridge Pro Choice activists ahead of the law changing Pro-choice campaigners in Northern Ireland have celebrated "a historic moment", as abortion and same-sex marriage become legal for the first time.

Grainne Teggert, from Amnesty UK, told Sky News: "It marks the end of inequality both for same-sex couples who have long wanted to marry the person they love, and also for women who have been suffering at the hands of our abortion ban.

"And it brings Northern Ireland in line with the rest of the UK".

The new laws are a result of amendments put forward in Westminster, by backbench Labour MPs, this summer.

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Pro-choice campaigners in Northern Ireland have celebrated "an historic moment", as abortion and same - sex marriage become legal for the first time. Grainne Teggert, from Amnesty UK, told Sky News: "It marks the end of inequality both for same sex couples who have long wanted to marry the person

Same - sex marriage in Northern Ireland is not legally recognised, with same - sex marriages performed outside Northern Ireland recognised as civil partnerships within its borders.

Blocking the changes would have required Northern Ireland's currently-defunct devolved government to have started operating again.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) tried to table a parliament sitting on Monday, the first in more than two-and-half years, but opposition parties did not attend.

Edwin Poots, Paul Givan, Jonathan Buckley, Arlene Foster, William Humphrey standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Arlene Foster, DUP leader, called it a 'sad day'© Imagebridge Arlene Foster, DUP leader, called it a 'sad day' Arlene Foster, DUP leader, called it a "sad day" with regards to the changes to the abortion law, which is seen in Northern Ireland as the most contentious of the two topics.

"I know some people will seek to celebrate and I would say to those people think of those of us who are sad today and who believe that this is an affront to human dignity and to human life," she said.

Previously, women in Northern Ireland could only legally access an abortion when the pregnancy would cause a long-term and serious risk to the mother's physical or mental health.

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“ Abortion will now be legal in Northern Ireland on the grounds of disability and gender, there will be no effective regulation until at least March 2020 and even that is not guaranteed. “The people of Northern Ireland deserve more than this. “We continue to believe that both lives matter and our work

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Traditionally conservative Northern Ireland is about to legalize both abortion and same - sex marriage , a head-snapping A public consultation on the proposed legal framework for abortion will open after Tuesday, and full services are scheduled to be rolled out in

It meant that women with non-viable pregnancies, or who had become pregnant as a result of incest or rape, either had to carry the pregnancy to term or risk criminal prosecution by travelling overseas for an abortion, buying abortion pills online or by going to a potentially unsafe, illegal clinic at home.

It was also illegal for doctors to advise women where and how they could access abortion services.

Sarah Ewart had to travel to England for a termination after being told that her baby would not survive after birth.

She told Sky News: "To be sent away to somewhere where no-one knew me, or my medical history was a very scary experience.

"I have no grave to visit, no ashes at home of my little girl. Hopefully these changes will mean that no one else will have to experience that, because they'll be able to access medical services at home."

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