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    Critical actors and abortion law: a group of individuals in Northern Irish politics obstructs change

Critical actors and abortion law: a group of individuals in Northern Irish politics obstructs change

There are various reasons why progress on legal abortion in Northern Ireland has been blocked over the years. Key among them is that individual politicians rule out any suggestion of change, writes Jennifer Thomson. She argues that more attention should be given to the actions of individual actors, considering their role can often be as important as that of […]

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    Free abortions in England will not remove the fundamental injustice Northern Irish women suffer

Free abortions in England will not remove the fundamental injustice Northern Irish women suffer

The government’s decision to finally allow Northern Irish women to have free NHS abortions in England is to be welcomed, writes Jennifer Thomson. Yet the move does not remove the more fundamental injustice of their situation, as it does not place these women on an equal footing with their English, Scottish and Welsh counterparts.

An announcement by Justine Greening, Minister […]

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    The DUP and equal rights in Northern Ireland – what the rest of the UK can no longer ignore

The DUP and equal rights in Northern Ireland – what the rest of the UK can no longer ignore

With May’s minority government about to be propped up by the DUP, mainland UK is getting more familiar with the tone and content of party politics in Northern Ireland. This includes learning more about the incredibly restrictive legal situation that exists there for the LGBT community and for women seeking terminations, explains Jennifer Thomson.

After several days of confusion, speculation, […]

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    IndyRef2? The thorny question of Scottish independence hasn’t gone away

IndyRef2? The thorny question of Scottish independence hasn’t gone away

As announced by Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, at the SNP conference last week, a second Independence Referendum Bill has been published in draft form by the Scottish government. A big announcement of this ilk was to be expected at the annual conference, but what precisely does this mean for Scotland, the UK and Brexit? Jennifer Thomson takes a closer look […]

Discussions about abortion and same-sex marriage demonstrate signs of unity in Northern Ireland’s divided politics

A consideration of religious-moral issues in the Northern Irish context suggests that, when it comes to some topics, there is more that unites the parties than divides them. Quite why it is issues of a moral-religious nature that have the potential for cross-party support warrants further attention, writes Jennifer Thomson. You could be forgiven for thinking that the Northern Ireland was as […]

January 3rd, 2014|Jennifer Thomson|1 Comment|