CALM’s response to Abortion Reform Bill consultation

Consulation ends at midnight tonight

This is the Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation’s response to the draft Abortion Reform Bill 2017 public consultation, which ends at midnight on Monday 18 September.

A few key points

CALM would like to see terminations available to any person distressed at being pregnant, up to 14 weeks gestation and for abortions to be available to women who have been raped, ¬†‘independent of their decision to report the crime’.

CALM also calls for free, non-directive independent counselling to be available to everyone considering their options (abortion, adoption or parenting) and if an anti-abortion organisation wishes to operate or advertise counselling on island, they should be compelled by law to make their anti-abortion stance clear in their advertising and literature.

CALM believes that in circumstances where the foetus has a fatal abnormality, that the choice should be given for an abortion, as well as support should a parent wish to continue the pregnancy to term. ¬†‘Termination for Medical Reasons’ is never offered without good reason, nor this decision taken lightly. Given that some abnormalities (fatal, or those resulting in severe disability) are not usually clear until the 20 week scan, or after further investigation resulting from this scan, we believes that in exceptional circumstances, it is important that the option is there for a termination to take place after 24 weeks if necessary. We would not want to see parents forced into making a decision in haste due to a 24 week time limit.

There’s still time to make your voice heard – this is the link to the consultation.

https://consult.gov.im/office-of-the-clerk-of-tynwald/abortion-reform-bill-2017/