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Women have their say on abortion

Wednesday 10th December 2014


WRDA and the Women’s Regional Consortium hosted a focus group around the Department of Justice’s Abortion Consultation on 18th November at the WRDA Training room. This was followed by a second wider event hosted by the Consortium, Alliance for Choice and Belfast Feminist Network on 3rd December in Belfast City Centre.

The events saw women from all backgrounds come along to have their say on the reforms proposed by the consultation, including allowing for legal abortion in the case of lethal foetal abnormality where the foetus would not survive to full term or where there is no chance of survival after birth. The groups also discussed questions posed by the consultation around whether terminations should be made legal in cases of sexual crime (rape and incest) and around the inclusion of a conscientious objection clause, which would allow those medical professionals who are morally opposed to a woman’s right to choose abortion the chance to opt out of her care.

Our lobbyist for the women’s sector, Orlaith Hendron, will be drawing on the conversations held to write a response to the consultation on behalf of WRDA and the Women’s Regional Consortium as well as using the information from the events as input in the development of a guideline for individuals to respond. Pulling out the main themes of the focus groups, the partners working together have developed a resource or quick look guide to responding to the consultation. The guide will soon be available from the WRDA website.

WRDA, the Women’s Regional Consortium, Belfast Feminist Network and Alliance for Choice would like to extend a warm thanks to all those who took the time to attend the focus groups and provide their input and would encourage as many people as possible to respond to this consultation before the deadline of 17th January 2015. You can find out how to do so via this link.

We will share our response to the consultation with you in the New Year.
 

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