FPA news

November 1st, 2016

Joint statement from FPA, Alliance for Choice, bpas, Birthrights and the Abortion Support Network

A Supreme Court challenge to allow women from Northern Ireland to access NHS-funded abortion care in England begins today.

  • Women can currently pay up to £2,... Read more
June 20th, 2016

In November 2015 Northern Ireland’s abortion law was deemed incompatible with human rights legislation by the High Court in Belfast. That decision is today being appealed.

The ruling delivered by Justice Horner last year stated that the... Read more

May 17th, 2016

Statistics released by the Department of Health show there was a very small increase in the number of abortions carried out in England in Wales in 2015 - 185,824, which was 0.7%... Read more

April 4th, 2016

A 21-year-old woman was today handed a suspended prison sentence for accessing and using early medical abortion pills in Northern Ireland.

The woman bought the drugs on the internet after attempting to raise enough money to travel to England for an abortion.

Sexual health charity... Read more

March 29th, 2016

It has been more than a decade since FPA successfully challenged the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in the High Court over its refusal to issue guidance around abortion law to health professionals. Today the sexual health charity welcomed the publication of... Read more

December 17th, 2015

An anti-choice protester who was convicted of common assault against a member of FPA staff in Northern Ireland has had her appeal thrown out.

Moira Brennan was found guilty in July after hitting the woman with a clipboard outside FPA's office in Belfast, but had sought to have the... Read more

December 16th, 2015

A judgement from the High Court in Belfast today declared that the current law on abortion in Northern Ireland is "incompatible" with human rights legislation.

However, the decision does not mean an automatic change of law in relation to abortion in cases of fatal fetal abnormality, rape... Read more

November 30th, 2015

A judgement from the High Court in Belfast today declared that... Read more

November 24th, 2015

Sexual health charity FPA has welcomed confirmation from Health Minister Simon Hamilton that abortion guidance for health professionals will be brought before the Executive in Northern Ireland ‘shortly’.

It is more than a decade since FPA was successful in its 2004 legal challenge... Read more

July 29th, 2015

Dr Audrey Simpson joined FPA as Northern Ireland Director in 1988.

Audrey SimpsonPrior to that she carried out postgraduate... Read more

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