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Abortion clinic ‘buffer zone’ bill to become law in Northern Ireland

Mar 24, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The bill makes it a criminal offense for pro-lifers to engage in ‘influencing’ women inside ‘safe access zones.’ Read more

Pro life protesters outsider the Belfast High court, as Northern Ireland abortion laws were being challenged. Belfast, UK. Oct. 3, 2019

Abortion buffer zones: Pro-lifers accuse Northern Ireland human rights commissioner of ‘weasel words’

Dec 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

A new bill would criminalize pro-lifers found ‘influencing’ women inside buffer zones. Read more

Catholic bishops: New N Ireland abortion intervention is ‘gravely disquieting’

Jul 28, 2021

By CNA Staff

The bishops said the British government had imposed an ‘unjust law.’ Read more

Parliament buildings, Stormont, Belfast   Credit: Stephen Barnes/Shutterstock

Christians in Northern Ireland concerned about push for vague 'conversion therapy' ban

May 20, 2021

By CNA Staff

After Northern Ireland lawmakers passed a resolution to develop a ban on “conversion therapy” regarding sexual orientation and gender identity,... Read more

Parliament Buildings in Belfast, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Bill restricting abortion for disability reasons passes first vote in Northern Ireland Assembly

Mar 17, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Northern Ireland Assembly has voted in favor of a bill which would restrict abortions on the basis of non-fatal... Read more

Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, home of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Assembly rejects ‘imposition’ of abortion regulations on Northern Ireland

Jun 3, 2020

The Northern Ireland Assembly voted Tuesday in favor of a motion rejecting the “imposition” of abortion legislation by the Westminster... Read more

Heidi Crowter, right, with other demonstrators. Courtesy, Don't Screen Us Out

Bishops join woman with Down syndrome in call to change N Ireland abortion law

Jun 2, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Bishops in Northern Ireland have strongly backed a call by a campaigner with Down syndrome to reject a law permitting... Read more

Parliament Buildings in Belfast, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

N Irish bishops encourage legislators to debate abortion law

Apr 23, 2020

The bishops of Northern Ireland wrote to members of the region's legislature Wednesday urging them to debate the abortion regulations... Read more

Mary Lou McDonald, Leader of Sinn Fein (L) and Michelle O'Neill, Vice President of Sinn Fein (R) speak after a meeting of the Stormont Assembly, Oct. 21, 2019.

Priest in N Ireland urges pro-choice politicians not to receive Holy Communion

Oct 25, 2019

A priest in Northern Ireland has exhorted pro-choice politicians not to receive Holy Communion, and Catholic voters not to vote... Read more

Pro-life campaigners gather with placards at Parliament buildings on the Stormont Estate in Belfast, Oct. 21, 2019.

Abortion legalized in N Ireland, after deadlock in devolved legislature

Oct 21, 2019

Northern Ireland's devolved legislature failed Monday to block a change to the region's law imposed by the British parliament. As... Read more

Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP, leaves Downing Street following talks with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Sept. 10, 2019, in London, England.

N Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party reiterates its prolife stance

Sep 23, 2019

Arlene Foster, the leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, wrote Saturday that the party is 'resolute' in its opposition... Read more

Protestors at the March for Their Lives rally in Belfast, Sept. 7, 2019.

‘Disgraceful injustice’: Thousands protest law to force abortion on N Ireland

Sep 9, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Belfast on Saturday to protest against the impending legalization of... Read more

The House of Parliament in London.

UK poised to pass law guiding N Ireland on abortion, gay marriage

Oct 31, 2018

A bill in the parliament of the United Kingdom requiring the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to provide guidance... Read more