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Activists say it is time for Northern Ireland to decriminalize abortion



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Abortion is still illegal in Northern Ireland, but the #NorForNI campaign is here to change that.

On Tuesday, #NorForNI activists protested in Westminster, London, where they provided over 62,000 signatures from people calling for the decriminalization of abortion in Northern Ireland.

#NowForNI wants to ensure that Northern Irish women and people who can get pregnant are entitled to the same medical care as women elsewhere in the UK.

28 women marched with suitcases in the direction of parliament to represent the 28 women who have to leave Northern Ireland every week to have an abortion in England, Wales or Scotland. Among the 28 demonstrators were a group of female MPs and two stars from Derry Girls (which, as the title implies, plays in the north).

The protest was organized by Amnesty International and Now For Northern Ireland, a campaign organized by the We Trust Women coalition of women's rights groups, reproductive rights activists and physicians, and calling for abortion to be legal across the UK.

Actress Nicola Coughlan actress Nicola Coughlan shared a video with Twitter calling her to support her campaign to decriminalize abortion in Northern Ireland with the official campaign hashtag #. NowForNI.

Speaking with The Guardian, Coughlan added that she has very personal reasons to participate in the campaign.

"Women are treated like criminals in their own country," Coughlan said. "I had friends who had to make this trip, it also feels very personal."

Coughlans Co-star actress Siobhán McSweeney co-star, shared her "joy" in the campaign The important topic on Twitter was that she was also part of # RepealThe8's campaign last year as Ireland's for the legalization of abortion had voted.

Many prominent women expressed their support for #NowForNI on Twitter following the strong protest from Westminster, including Outlander star Caitriona Balfe and the comedians Aisling Bea and Deborah Frances-White.

Under certain circumstances, abortion in England and Wales in 1967 was legalized under the Abortion Act and did not extend to Northern Ireland. The abortion was legalized in Ireland in 2018 after a landslide with historical progress.

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