Figures released by the UK government Department of Health this week show that, despite the Isle of Man passing the Abortion Reform Act and providing a local service from the end of May 2019, 57 people still travelled to England for terminations last year. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/abortion-statistics-for-england-and-wales-2019 The comparable 2018 figures show 95 people giving IOM addresses […]
Isle of Man Abortion Reform Act - one year on.
It’s official: the Isle of Man is a pro-choice country, and there’s a law to prove it. A quick recap: the Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation started in the back room of a pub in Spring 2016, when a few pretty angry people met to discuss what could be done to change the exisiting abortion […]
At this month’s Tynwald sitting (21 – 23 May) Members are being asked to approve three orders which will ensure that the regulations in the Abortion Reform Act 2019 actually work. The first Order http://www.tynwald.org.im/business/opqp/sittings/20182021/2019-SD-0216.pdf refers to access zones around Noble’s hospital – a topic dear to CALM’s heart as provision of these (or buffer […]
The Abortion Reform Act 2019 is law, and here at CALM we are now turning our attention to how it will be enacted – on 24 May – and how abortion services will be provided. So we were interested to see that Lawrie Hooper MHK tabled the following question for written reply to the Health […]
It’s official! Although the Health Minister David Ashford MHK was questioned about this at last month’s Tynwald, and said that that the Abortion Reform Act would be enacted in May, today he laid the necessary Appointed Day Order before the Court. In brief, certain provisions come into effect TODAY, which will ensure that subordinate legislation, […]
At today’s sitting of Tynwald (Tuesday 15 January) President Steve Rodan MLC announced that the Abortion Reform Bill 2018 has received Royal Assent and will now be signed by the Lieutenant Governor Sir Richard Gozney KMG CVO on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Lord of Mann. We now have the Abortion Reform ACT.
We understand that the Abortion Reform Bill is awaiting Royal Assent, and this should be forthcoming soon(ish) but we’re going to have to wait until January to find out. The January sitting of Tynwald will be held from Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th and we hope we’ll be able to bring you good news then. […]
The November sitting of Tynwald begins at 10.30am on Tuesday, and the Abortion Reform Bill 2018 will be signed by Members of the House of Keys and Members of the Legislative Council that morning. This vital part of the legislative process does not take place in public – but once signed the Bill is delivered […]
In early 2016, a small group of ‘concerned citizens’ got together to discuss how they could campaign for a new abortion law for the Isle of Man, and CALM was born. With no money but a lot of enthusiasm we decided on a name and a strapline and persuaded a local graphic designer to work […]