Advocacy

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 campaign for free, safe, legal and local abortion services in Northern Ireland.

On 22 October 2019 abortion was decriminalised in Northern Ireland. This followed legislation passed in the UK Parliament which places the UK Government under a legal duty to bring forward regulations to introduce a new framework for abortion in Northern Ireland by 31 March 2020.

The new framework will be based on the recommendations made by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in an inquiry into access to abortion. This inquiry was requested by FPA NI, Alliance for Choice and the Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform and found that the law in Northern Ireland constituted a ‘grave’ and ‘systematic’ violation of women’s rights.

Informing Choices NI will work tirelessly to ensure that modern legislation is introduced in Northern Ireland so that women and pregnant people no longer have to travel to access this vital healthcare.

A blog post from our Director of Advocacy and Policy on the change to the law can be found here.

Our Board of Trustees and counsellors have also reflected on what the change means to them, our clients and wider society on the Decriminalisation of Abortion page.

More information regarding the interim period between 22 October 2019 and 31 March 2020 can be found on the Guidance for Healthcare Professionals page.

You can read our press release on the decriminalisation of abortion here.

Get in touch

For more information on our advocacy work contact:

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