Abortion

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The Scottish Parliament has declined to close a petition to modify a law that does not apply in Scotland. Petition PE1969 is entitled 'Amend the law to fully decriminalise abortion in Scotland' and claims that the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 makes abortion a criminal offence in Scotland.

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Women seeking an abortion in Hungary must first listen to their embryo's heartbeat under a new decree. The move by the right-wing government of Viktor Orban indicates a change in the country's liberal laws on abortion by requiring doctors to show women the vital signs of the embryo or foetus.

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A Scottish Green Party MSP today launched a consultation on her legislative proposal to designate protest free ‘buffer zones’ outside abortion clinics across the country. Gillian Mackay said that intimidation and harassment outside these healthcare facilities must end, and that legislati

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Human rights laws are an impediment to the Scottish government's ability to ban protests outside of abortion clinics, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Ms Sturgeon said progress was being stalled on introducing a 150m buffer zone outside clinics to keep keep anti-abortion campaigners away from women using t

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A leaked draft judgment has shown that the US Supreme Court may overturn the landmark 1973 case of Roe v Wade, which guaranteed access to abortions. The opinion, written by Republican-appointed judge, Justice Samuel Alito, was published by Politico in what is an unprecedented leak from the court.

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Germany has abolished a Nazi-era law that prohibited doctors from advertising their abortion services. The 1933 law, which was adopted after Hitler came to power, prohibits the “promotion” of abortion, which is punishable by “up to two years of imprisonment or a fine”.

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Plans to allow women to continue accessing early medical abortions at home after the Covid-19 pandemic have gone out for consultation. Since March, eligible women have been allowed to take both pills required for an early medical abortion (mifepristone and misoprostol) in their own homes after a tel

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Two midwives who were denied employment in Sweden because of their refusal to participate in abortions have had their application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) declared inadmissible. Ellinor Grimmark and Linda Steen, who were represented by Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers, wer

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A last-ditch attempt to stop the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland by rushing a bill through Stormont in a single day has failed. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which is opposed to abortion in all circumstances, attempted to introduce the Defence of the Unborn Child Bill 2019 y

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New Zealand is set to decriminalise abortion under new plans intended to bring the law "into line with many other developed countries". Under the present legal framework, which has remained unchanged since 1978, an abortion is only lawful in certain circumstances, including where continuing the preg

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Brent Haywood looks at a case in which a student anti-abortion group was denied affiliation and how it availed itself of the Equality Act. In the field of human rights and equalities law the cases that grab the headlines are those where a judgment is delivered after a hard-fought legal battle in cou

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