Abortion in NI: Everything you need to know

Dessi Eneva In just five days, on 23 October, a cross-party coalition of MPs will propose a bill to Parliament to end the abortion ban in Northern Ireland. Whilst permitted in the UK, paradoxically, abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland. This summer, the High Court ruled that this is in breach of human rights. There…

The Political Dimensions of the Female Body: Poland on Reproductive Health Rights

Saffy Mirghani Europe is largely permissive of women’s right to abortion: most of its countries present no obstacles to women within their first trimester seeking to carry out the procedure, and access to abortion is typically based on the country’s prevailing societal outlook, as opposed to the stringent imperative of law. While several European countries…

Female Genital Mutilation: Tradition or Torture?

Iona Jenkins ‘FGM violates a person’s rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment’ –WHO Female genital mutilation comprises any procedure made without medical need to remove part or all of the external female genitalia. There are no health benefits to FGM; it…

“Dying with dignity?” Sorry, not if you’re poor

Health Editor, Hannah Overton, sheds light on an unjust end of life disparity…     My Grandmother was diagnosed with cancer on a Saturday. By the Monday, her husband’s birthday, she lay in a private room in Bristol’s Southmead hospital, begging God to end her life. For us, her family, watching her in agony was…