Dawn Purvis

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Question of pregnancy: Abortion is set to be decriminalised in Northern Ireland from Tuesday. Stock photograph: Getty

Almost three years since the Stormont institutions last met, a group of 31 unionist politicians has signed up to recall the Assembly for a special sit(...)

Dawn Purvis, former director of the Marie Stopes pregnancy advice service in Belfast was speaking to MPs at the Commons Women and Equalities Committee in Belfast. File photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/GettyImages

A 12-year-old victim of sexual assault in Northern Ireland had to travel to England under police escort for an abortion, MPs have been told. An off(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: says he will review the legal protection offered to complainants in sexual assault cases in the Republic. Photograph: Eric Luke

Women’s rights groups in Northern Ireland have issued five key demands aimed at giving victims of sexual violence better protection in the criminal ju(...)

Ulster Unionist Assembly member Mike Nesbitt, former Ireland international Trevor Ringland and Rev John Dunlop. File photographs: The Irish Times/Inpho

A “civic unionism” group of more than 100 people from various sections of Northern Irish society has challenged what it says is a nationalist assumpti(...)

Police stand at the entrance of the Marie Stopes clinic as anti-abortion protestors hold up placards outside the Belfast clinic in October 2012. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

During its five years of life, the Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast dealt with thousands of women. The oldest was 52; the youngest was 13 who had become(...)

Michelle O’Neill replaced Martin McGuinness as Sinn Féin’s leader in the North last month; Arlene Foster has been running the DUP since 2015 and last year Naomi Long took over as Alliance Party leader. Photographs: Agencies

Despite the leaders of Northern Ireland’s two largest parties being women, female candidates make up less than a third of the candidates vying for ele(...)

Last May, when this was a six-seater constituency rather than the five-seater it is now, the DUP won three seats, Alliance two and the Ulster Unionist Party one

Belfast East is another constituency where the “cash for ash” crisis could have a vital bearing on the Northern Ireland Assembly election result. Ju(...)

Precious Life campaigner Bernadette Smyth (centre) was cleared on appeal last year of harassing former Marie Stopes clinic director Dawn Purvis. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

An anti-abortion campaigner involved in protests outside a clinic in Belfast was unlawfully issued with harassment warning notices, a court has heard.(...)

Victims’ rights campaigner Raymond McCord, who is challenging the constitutional authority of the British government to take Northern Ireland out of the European Union . File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Executing Brexit would be an “act of profound legal and constitutional as well as political significance” for Northern Ireland, Belfast High Court was(...)

Campaigners from a group called Border Communities Against Brexit outside Belfast’s High Court where a legal challenge to Brexit is taking place. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

The British prime minister Theresa May acted legally and democratically in announcing that she will take the United Kingdom out of the European Union,(...)

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