Isle of Man News - POSTED Tue 22-08-2017

CALM: Video highlights abortion plight of Isle of Man women

by LC

Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (CALM) is proud to present a YouTube video about the difficulties Isle of Man women face having to travel off-Island for terminations.

A Freedom Seeker Production by Kara Varetto, this short film features the real stories of Island women, voiced by actresses.

In 2015, 105 women were forced to travel to the UK because of the Isle of Man’s draconian and outdated legislation.  CALM collected some of their harrowing stories, told in their own words to make this film.

These 105 women are represented by 105 pairs of shoes, donated by supporters.  We hope this film helps inform the current debate about lack of compassionate legislation surrounding this issue.

https://youtu.be/d5xZjJY16uo

A new private member’s bill to amend the law is currently out for consultation by the Member of the House of Keys hoping to bring it forward later this year.

Dr Alex Allinson, MHK for Ramsey and a general practitioner, would like to hear your views on the proposals before they are debated by politicians, and CALM urges everyone to take part in the consultation process by following this link to the online form:

https://consult.gov.im/office-of-the-clerk-of-tynwald/abortion-reform-bill-2017/consultation/intro/

Samantha Morris from CALM says:  "It is vitally important everybody expresses their views, and we hope our short film will go some way to showing people exactly what difficulties women seeking terminations currently face."

The Abortion Reform Bill 2017 will go before the House of Keys for its first reading later this year.

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