Abortion Reform in Northern Ireland: What Does It Mean for Healthcare Providers?

Maeve O'Brien, Bethany Moore, Noirin MacNamara, Fiona K. Bloomer (Editor), Leanne Morgan (Editor), Karen Murray, Abby Wright-Parkes , Gail Watson (Editor)

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On Monday 9th November 2020, key stakeholders including Ulster University, Doctors for Choice Northern Ireland, the Royal College of Midwives, BPAS and various Health Trusts in Northern Ireland gathered together to discuss the impact of The Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2020 on healthcare provision.
Touching on key issues including: legal framework for abortion, conscientious commitment and objection as well as service provision, over one hundred healthcare providers gathered to discuss these issues and work together to forge new networks and learn new information from international service providers, patient experiences and current abortion and reproductive healthcare being administered in this region currently. Although abortion has been decriminalised in Northern Ireland, significant barriers to service provision remain. This briefing paper outlines the current laws; barriers to and enablers of service provision, including the impact of conscientious objection; and the current situation and way forward regarding service provision as outlined by a range of speakers on 9th November 2020
Original languageEnglish
Typewebinar summary
Media of outputbriefing paper
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 31 Mar 2021


  • abortion policy
  • abortion providers
  • abortion education


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