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Too Much, too Indigestible, too Fast’? The Decades of Struggle for Abortion Law Reform in Northern Ireland

Sheldon, Sally, Parker, Clare, O'Neill, Jane, Davis, Gayle (2020) Too Much, too Indigestible, too Fast’? The Decades of Struggle for Abortion Law Reform in Northern Ireland. The Modern Law Review, 83 (4). pp. 761-796. ISSN 0026-7961. E-ISSN 1468-2230. (doi:10.1111/1468-2230.12521) (KAR id:79260)

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Abstract

In July 2019, the UK Parliament voted by an overwhelming majority for fundamental reform of Northern Ireland’s archaic abortion laws. Drawing on extensive archival resources and a small number of interviews, we locate this extraordinary political moment in a broader historical context. We explore the factors that blocked the possibility of reform in either Westminster or Stormont for over five decades, and consider what it was that had changed in 2019 to render it possible. While the measure passed in Westminster represents a radical rupture with the past, we suggest that it was anything other than sudden, rather representing the culmination of decades of sustained campaigning. We conclude by briefly discussing what this change is likely to mean for the future.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/1468-2230.12521
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sian Robertson
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2019 11:41 UTC
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2021 09:14 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/79260 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Sheldon, Sally: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5472-9655
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