The Isle of Man Abortion Reform Bill has passed its first stage in the Legislative Council.
Yesterday the Bill, proposed by Dr Alex Allinson MHK, was scrutinised by members during its first reading in the Legislative Council Chambers.
Lord Bishop Peter Eagles said while the Bill protects mothers, it "doesn't protect an unborn child." He suggested the Bill be sent to a committee, which was rejected in the House of Keys.
The second reading will take place in the near future.
The Isle of Man's abortion reform Bill has passed its third reading in the House of Keys.
This morning Dr Alex Allinson persuaded the majority of members to vote in his favour, winning with 22 in favour and two against from Chris Robertshaw and previous health minister Kate Beecroft.
The Bill will now be reviewed by the Legislative Council.
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Plans to reform abortion law on the Isle of Man have passed a major hurdle in the House of Keys.
Parliament held its second reading to discuss proposals today for reform, which would mirror the law in the UK.
Efforts to form an investigating committee - which some MHKs feared would delay the reforms for more than a year - were defeated eighteen votes to five.
It'll now go through to the amendment stage.
At present, abortions can only be carried out on the Isle of Man if a pregnancy is the result of rape or because of mental health concerns under the Termination of Pregnancy Act 1995.
Members of the House of Keys debated the decision of taking the Bill to a committee for two to three hours - Chris Robertshaw led the motion but was unsuccessful.
Let us now seize the opportunity to move forward with a piece of legislation fit for our society, our island, and our century.
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UK pro-life group Abort67 have returned to the Isle of Man to protest outside the government buildings in Douglas.
Despite complaints by some residents, the group aim to highlight their views while the House of Keys discusses abortion law reform this month.
The group have said they will be on-island until January 24th and wear body cameras to deter threats from locals.
MHK Dr Alex Allinson has spent a year working on proposals for a new abortion Bill, updating the current Termination of Pregnancy Act 1995.
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A protest has been held on the Isle of Man by pro-choice group Handmaids IOM.
It follows a presentation from UK anti-abortion group LIFE, who were invited to speak to Tynwald members this morning by David Anderson MHK.
The Handmaids said via their Facebook page: "We’re getting there but the race hasn’t been won yet. We won’t stop until women of the Isle of Man are able to have safe and legal abortions here on the Island."
A new draft Bill has been proposed by Dr Alex Allinson, which is being reviewed in 2018.
A final draft abortion reform Bill will be brought before the Isle of Man's House of Keys in January 2018.
Ramsey MHK Dr Alex Allinson has spent 11 months working on proposals, including allowing women a termination up to 14 weeks into pregnancy.
Results from a public consultation showed people largely support the Bill, with the results published on the Manx government website last month.
87% of respondents agreed with the new abortion law reform currently being proposed to Tynwald parliament.Read the full story ›