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Jail threat over abortion attempt sparks pro-choice protests

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2487

Pro-choice activists have taken to the streets against a decision to prosecute a woman for trying to bring about an abortion.

The 21 year old woman appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court on Monday of last week.

She faces charges of unlawfully taking poisonous substances and of supplying or procuring a poison, knowing that it would be used to induce a miscarriage. The woman could be jailed for life if found guilty.

Protesters gathered outside the Northern Irish office in London on Friday of last week.

More protested in Belfast, Dublin, Galway and Cork.

Lindsay Stronge helped organise the London protest.

She said of the woman facing prosecution, “She’s not a criminal, she’s been failed by the state.

“We are out across four cities tonight standing with that woman.”

An Alliance for Choice spokesperson said, “This is a clear class issue, only those without the money to travel are going to risk causing an illegal abortion.”

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