Abortion rights

Women in Northern Ireland surrender to police for accepting abortion pills in the mail

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Three women in Northern Ireland surrendered to police on Monday evening for breaking the country’s strict abortion laws in the hopes that they might make a statement about the “unworkability” of the laws. Diana King, Colette Devlin, and Kitty O’Kane, all in their late 60s and early 70s, admitted that they received abortion pills in the mail as a favor for women who were too afraid to have the pills sent directly to their homes. They gave the police a prepared statement about their involvement, and at the same time posted a separate statement to Facebook in which they said that “handing themselves in highlights the unworkability of the law.”

“It lays bare the hypocrisy of the government and pressures the state to scrap it,” the statement read. “If the police wish to criminalize one woman for a crime that so many of us have committed, then there can be no exception to the law, we must be arrested as well.”

They wrote that prisons would be “filled to the brim” if the law is actually enforced. The attorney representing the women said they faced three hours of questioning from police before being released pending a report from prosecutors.

Read the full story at the BBC.

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