The London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign is delighted to announce that the A & B crowd-justice campaign has been granted an extension.
We are now just £1,700 from covering the legal costs of a brave mother and daughter who are committed to bringing their case to the European Court of Human Rights.
So get a team together and join us for a second night of fun and fundraising for A and B!
Tuesday 8th August.
Location: Theodore Bullfrog, 28 John Adam St, Charing Cross, London WC2N 6HL
Suggested donation of £10 per person. Maximum team size 6.
Compéred by some of the fantastic women who are part of our campaign, you’ll have a chance to win prizes throughout the evening with our raffle!
Extra prize on the night for the best team name!
Spaces are limited. To register your team name and members, please post in this event.
All funds raised will go towards fighting for equality for the people of Northern Ireland and supporting all those forced to travel to obtain abortions across these islands.
More information about A and B:
In 2012, a young woman, aged 15, had to travel to England with her mother to access abortion services that she was unable to access in Northern Ireland. She was also barred from accessing NHS abortion services in England and her only option was to pay for the services of a private clinic. We are calling the young woman “A” and her mother “B” to protect their identities. The experience was deeply traumatic for A, who was 15 at the time, and was made worse by the stress of B having to raise nearly £1000 as they had limited income (they were fortunate in obtaining some financial help from the (wonderful) Abortion Support Network). A&B feel very strongly that women from Northern Ireland should not have to suffer such devastating experiences.
A and B now wish to make a prompt application to the European Court of Human Rights after their appeal to the Supreme Court was narrowly dismissed on 14 June 2017. They are calling on the support of the community to help them pay for the legal expenses of bringing their case to Strasbourg. The case raises important issues on reproductive rights of women from Northern Ireland who are UK citizens but face discrimination when trying to access abortion services in England.
Despite the government’s recent decision to fund NHS abortions in England for Northern Irish women, it is important for A and B to continue their fight to the ECHR.
– A and B are entitled to compensation for the discrimination they have suffered, and the stress and anxiety caused to them.
– A and B’s case is that women from Northern Ireland have a fundamental right not to be discriminated against in the provision of abortion services by the NHS in England, and their access to services should not be dependent on the whim of the Government of the day.
– It is now more important than ever that the Government’s justification, used to persuade the Supreme Court, is carefully examined, as the Government has completely abandoned it. That ruling may have repercussions in many other areas.
– Little is known about the details of the deal – A and B want to ensure that other women from Northern Ireland have a meaningful way of accessing funding. It remains unclear whether Northern Irish women will continue to be blocked from NHS hospitals in England; and whether they will be able to access the promised funding ‘up front’. These are important questions and A and B want answers in order to protect other low income women like them.
– If A and B persuade the government to settle, they will donate the money raised to the Abortion Support Network.
To find out more about the case, visit https://