Unite hits out at abortion pill arrests

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The Unite trade union has condemned the arrest and prosecution of women in Northern Ireland charged with procuring or administering abortion pills.

Equalities Officer Taryn Trainor said: “According to figures published at the end of last year, nearly 25,000 women from both parts of the island travelled to Britain to obtain an abortion between 2010 and 2014.

“Those women who cannot travel for financial, medical or other reasons are forced either to carry a crisis pregnancy to term, including pregnancies resulting from rape or incest or involving a fatal foetal abnormality, or to break the law.

“Criminalising women facing crisis pregnancies is anti-woman – not pro-life.

“The protection of women’s health on the island of Ireland requires that the 1967 Abortion Act be extended to Northern Ireland, and that the Eighth Amendment be repealed in the Republic as a prelude to the introduction of fit-for-purpose abortion legislation”.