Advocacy – Sexual Health, Rights & Education

Informing Choices NI is a sexual and reproductive health charity. We champion informed choices around sex, sexuality and reproductive health and wellbeing through advocacy, counselling, education, information and training.

We advocate for sexual and reproductive health services to meet the needs of all citizens in Northern Ireland.

On 22 October 2019 abortion was decriminalised in Northern Ireland. Following this, a new abortion framework was introduced in March 2020.

The framework is based on the recommendations made by the United Nations CEDAW Committee. CEDAW undertook an inquiry into access to abortion in Northern Ireland which was published in 2018. This was requested by FPA NI, Alliance for Choice and NIWEP. It found that the previous law constituted a ‘grave’ and ‘systematic’ violation of women’s rights. The full report can and its recommendations can be found here.

A blog post on the decriminalisation of abortion can be found here.

We recorded videos reflecting on what decriminalisation means to us, our clients and wider society.

We also published a report called Beyond Decriminalisation in June 2021. This discusses the provision of our central access point and early medical abortion services in Northern Ireland.

Get in touch

For more information on our advocacy work contact:

Ruairi Rowan
Tel: 028 9031 6107
Email: ruairi.rowan@informingchoicesni.org