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£13,660raised of £30,000 target by 517 supporters

    Weʼve raised £13,660 to pay the legal fees of a mother being prosecuted for helping her daughter get abortion pills

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    Funded on Friday, 3rd February 2017

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    A mother in Northern Ireland is on trial for getting abortion pills over the internet when her 15-year old daughter asked her for help to end an unwanted pregnancy. If she lived in any other part of the “United Kingdom”, the girl would have been fast-tracked for an abortion free on the Health Service. The mother has legal aid for the criminal case but wants to take a Judicial Review (JR) of the decision to prosecute her. While her income is limited, it is not low enough for her to qualify for legal aid in a civil case – that’s why we are raising funds to allow her to pursue this course and stop the prosecution.

    Had the teenager whose mother is being prosecuted been living in any other part of the “United Kingdom”, she would have been fast-tracked for abortion, without her mother’s consent if necessary and the law there would regard it as in the girl’s ‘best interests’ to end the pregnancy.

    A High Court judge ruled in Belfast last year that abortion is legal when the pregnancy is the result of rape and every political leader in the region has said that women should not be prosecuted for having abortions. So the mother has good reason to question why she is before the courts and facing a prison sentence of up to 5 years.

    Of course, the main purpose of a Legal Fund is to pay lawyers’ fees. While Ms D’s legal team are working for reduced rates, hundreds of hours of work go into preparing a Judicial Review. A £25 donation provides half an hour of legal preparation; a £50 donation provides a full hour.
    There are other costs that have to be met. For example, it costs £200 just to file for permission to take a Judicial Review. If permission is granted, it costs a further £200 to make the application. Then the work of finding out what is going on really starts. Each “summons” seeking documentation from the Public Prosecution Service costs £155. It seems that every legal move is expensive. That’s why only the very wealthy can usually afford to go to court.

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    • Alliance For Choice8 months ago
      Alliance For Choice

      Alliance For Choice

      8 months ago

      As you know, leave has been given for the Judicial Review to go ahead. This is thanks to the generosity of those who have contributed here. Because the mother had been unable to access legal aid for this civil case, the crowdfunding was necessary to allow her legal team prepare the leave application. But now her daughter has turned 18 and joined the action, she should be eligible for legal aid which should pay costs going forward. So we are closing down the crowdfunding page and hope not to have to raise any more. A huge thanks to you all!

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    • Alliance For Choice8 months ago
      Alliance For Choice

      Alliance For Choice

      8 months ago

      Excellent news from the Court today - leave to bring a Judicial Review of the prosecution has been granted to the mother charged with getting "poison" (ie abortion pills which are on the World Health Organisation's list of essential medicines) to help her pregnant teenage daughter. Read all about it here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/26/ulster-woman-who-bought-abortion-pills-for-daughter-can-challenge-prosecution Please help spread the word of this important challenge to an unjust law by sharing this funding page far and wide.

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    • Alliance For Choice8 months ago
      Alliance For Choice

      Alliance For Choice

      8 months ago

      Dear friends, Thanks to your generosity, the first steps have been taken for a Judicial Review (JR) of the decision to prosecute the Belfast mother for obtaining abortion pills for her teenage daughter. A hearing to decide whether the application to take the JR will be allowed is starting on Thursday 26th, it is expected to last two days. To help with this challenge to the prosecution of women in NI for taking pills available on the NHS in rest of UK, please share: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/alliance-forchoice

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    10 months ago

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    517

    • Denise  Phelan

      Denise Phelan

      Feb 3, 2017

      NI abortion laws need to change. Misogynists, religious fanatics and politicians need to get out of the way of progress. Stop these human rights abuses. Women and children suffering.

    • Chantelle

      Chantelle

      Feb 3, 2017

      £10.00

    • Anna Devereux

      Anna Devereux

      Feb 2, 2017

      Such courageous women, hope this helps x

      £10.00

    • Miranda Coulson

      Miranda Coulson

      Feb 2, 2017

    • Geraldine Hagans

      Geraldine Hagans

      Feb 2, 2017

      £15.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Feb 1, 2017

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Feb 1, 2017

      £5.00

    About the fundraiser
    Alliance For Choice

    Alliance For Choice

    Alliance for Choice is an organisation that campaigns for the extension of the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland. It is made up of women and men, from both Catholic and Protestant communities in the North of Ireland.

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