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 […]
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 […]
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.
You might be wondering what’s happening with our new Abortion Law – well so, are we. The order paper for the January sitting of Tynwald has been published with no mention of the progress of the Abortion Reform Bill on it so we’ve talked to the mover of the Bill, Dr Alex Allinson MHK to […]
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. […]
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 […]
After the Lord Bishop delayed the ‘consideration of clauses’ of the Abortion Reform Bill 2018 at the last sitting of the Isle of Man’s Legislative Council when he introduced three new witnesses, the upper branch of Tynwald is back again on Tuesday 26 June to carry on where it left off.
The Abortion Reform Bill 2018 will have its first reading in the Legislative Council on Tuesday 22 May. It’s Item 3 on the order paper – the sitting starts at 10.30am in Legislative Chamber – but it’s likely that any debate will take place at the second reading on a date to be confirmed. You […]