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IoM campaign group 'thrilled' at abortion law redraft approval

CALM Isle of Man supports abortion rights for women Photo: CALM Facebook page

A campaign group on the Isle of Man have said they are 'thrilled' with yesterday's abortion reform outcome.

The Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (CALM) wants the government to re-new the existing Termination of Pregnancy Act 1995, which Dr Alex Allinson has called for in parliament.

Yesterday the House of Keys listened to the GP, who was elected as a Member of the House of Keys in September, as he described what he called 'an unjust and unfair Act'.

CALM campaigners in April 2016 outside Tynwald to pursuade government to change abortion legislation Credit: Helen McKenna, ITV

The House voted to reject three amendments to the motion and voted 21 to 3 in favour to permit Dr Allinson to introduce the Bill.

Meanwhile anti-abortion campaigners from Humanity and Equality in Abortion Reform (HEAR) have expressed their dismay at the outcome - protestors were stood outside Tynwald in opposition.

HEAR spokesperson Hannah Grove said in a statement: "Allinson’s idea of abortion reform is one that comprehensively ignores the humanity of the unborn child, the brutality of abortion, and the wider personal and social harms of failed permissive legislation such as that across."

We know that this is just the first step in a long process to change the law but there was resounding support for the law being reviewed and reformed, and we look forward to being part of that process, to the benefit of women and families in the Isle of Man.

– CALM Isle of Man