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Abortion Law in Northern Ireland: new film launched

Discrimination and Denial: Abortion Law in Northern Ireland is a new powerful short film exposing what happens to women in Northern Ireland with a crisis pregnancy. Funded and produced by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and launched by fpa (Family Planning Association), Discrimination and Denial features interviews with leading Northern Irish health professionals and politicians. The film is a hard hitting expose illustrating the difficulties not just for women, but for health professionals trying to provide quality healthcare in a state that doesn’t offer women a legal and safe abortion.

Interviews with leading Northern Irish health professionals and politicians feature throughout the 12 minute documentary. These interviews illustrate how difficult it is not just for women, but for health professionals trying to provide quality healthcare within a state that does not recognise and provide access to legal and safe abortion.

Dr Audrey Simpson OBE, Director of fpa in Northern Ireland said at the launch: “The Northern Ireland Assembly is in a state of paralysis and denial about abortion. We hope this incredible, powerful film empowers and energises people to demand that the Assembly reverses the dire situation they have created for women. Two thirds of people in Northern Ireland support abortion in cases of incest and rape, but the Assembly refuses to listen to them.”

Vicky Claeys, Regional Director (EN) of International Planned Parenthood Federation, funders and producers of the film and leaflet, said: “Women in Northern Ireland are voting with their feet, and as many as 40 women leave the country each and every week to access safe abortion services in another European country. It is disgraceful that they are forced to do so; it is an even greater disgrace that politicians continue to discriminate against the women of Northern Ireland whose interests they are supposed to represent.”

Watch Discrimination and Denial: Abortion Law in Northern Ireland here:

To mark the Westminster launch, Martin Salter MP tabled an Early Day Motion welcoming the film and highlighting the ongoing inequality.

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