New poll confirms overwhelming majority of people in Northern Ireland want to decriminalise abortion

Pro choice rally in Belfast 2016

It’s the only country in the UK where a woman can be jailed for having an abortion. In Northern Ireland, women face a lifetime in prison for terminating a pregnancy – a procedure freely available on the NHS to women in the rest of the UK.

The laws putting women behind bars were drawn up in the Nineteenth Century – and that’s where they belong. New research out today confirms that the law is out of step with public attitudes.

Jul 1 2016 2:26PM
‘I just wanted help and ended up a prisoner’: A message from Belén, imprisoned for a miscarriage
On 17 August the Supreme Court of Tucumán, a state in north Argentina, said there were not enough reasons to keep Belén, 27, in pre-trial detention. The Supreme Court of Tucumán is yet to issue a final ruling on the eight-year sentence...
Jun 10 2016 5:00PM
Miscarriage is not a crime: free Belén
Having a miscarriage is a traumatic and painful experience for any woman. How did Argentina care for one young woman who went to hospital in agony? By putting her in prison – for eight years. Call for Belén's freedom now 25-year old Be...
May 12 2016 12:00AM
We were there at the AIUK AGM and Annual Conference!
Three members of the Minehead Group attended this year's AIUK AGM and Annual Conference at the beginning of April.

Urgent Action: Eight-year sentence for having a miscarriage in Argentina

Twenty-seven-year-old Belén has been held in pre-trial detention for over two years in northern Argentina, after suffering a miscarriage in a public hospital.

UA 95/16 issued 2/5/2016

Married at 13 - thousands of girls in Burkina Faso denied a childhood against their will

Shelter for survivors of forced marriage in Kaya city, northeast Burkina Faso
Shelter for survivors of forced marriage in Kaya city, northeast Burkina Faso © Sophie Garcia/Corbis for Amnesty International

'I never got to finish attending even the first year of primary school, I don’t know why my parents took me out of school... My dad married me to a 70-year-old man who already has five wives. My dad threatened me saying, "If you don’t go to join your husband I will kill you."'
13-year-old 'Maria' spoke to us at the women's shelter pictured above in May 2015

In some parts of Burkina Faso, more than half of all girls are married off before they turn 18. They have no say in the matter. Their lives are planned for them.

Burkina Faso: child marriage puts thousands of girls at grave risk

Women's rights activist Bibata Ouedraogo speaks with Abibou Sanga at counselling
Women's rights activist Bibata Ouedraogo speaks with Abibou Sanga at counselling session on sexual and reproductive rights in th © Amnesty International, Nick Loomis
“My dad married me off to a 70-year-old man who already has five wives. He threatened me saying if I don’t join my husband he will kill me.” – 13-year-old Maria

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Northern Ireland: A woman seeking an abortion is not a criminal warns Amnesty

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Burkina Faso, where women and girls are second-class citizens

Young women who fled forced marriage or early and unwanted pregnancies
Young women who fled forced marriage or early and unwanted pregnancies in a women's shelter, Ouagadougou, July 2014 © Amnesty International

Héléne didn’t know contraception existed until she already had three children – aged 22. Women and girls in Burkina Faso are being discriminated against by a system that won’t let them make decisions about their education, healthcare and contraception.

We’re campaigning for the authorities in Burkina Faso to make sure women and girls’ rights are protected in the law and in practice, so that women are able to make choices about their own bodies and ultimately have more of a say in their own lives.

Northern Ireland: publication of abortion guidelines - long overdue and only a first step

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