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Northern Ireland Department of Justice Consultation on Abortion

CMF will be responding to the Northern Ireland Department of Justice Consultation on Abortion 2014. The related document can be found here.

The consultation is not about the wider debate between pro-choice and pro-life views, but is strictly focused on two aspects of the criminal law on abortion. Firstly, it looks at whether the law should enable abortion in cases where there is a diagnosis in pregnancy that the foetus has a lethal abnormality. Secondly, it addresses the issue of whether abortion should be available to women who have become pregnant as a result of sexual crime. Finally, the consultation considers whether there should be a right of conscientious objection for those asked to participate in abortions on either of these grounds, were they to be legalised.

The consultation closes on 17th January 2015

GMC Fitness to Practise Consultation

The General Medical Council is consulting on the actions we can take against doctors who don't meet professional standards. The consultation documents can be found here. The consultation period extends from Friday 22nd August to Friday 14th November. CMF will be making a submission in due course.

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a major call for evidence from individuals and organisations about how their religion or belief, or that of other people, may have affected their experiences in the workplace and in using the services and facilities they need in everyday life.

People can give their feedback online before the consultation period closes on 14th October 2014.

NI Justice Committee's Consultation on the amendment to the Justice Bill

CMF is responding to the NI Justice Committee's Consultation on the amendment to the Justice Bill, that would prevent private companies or charities from offering abortion services in NI, by pointing out that there is no evidence that the NHS in NI lacks capacity to deal with the limited demand for abortion services. The private charity offering their services, Marie Stopes International, as part of its mission, is committed to "work to transform policy environments" by “advocating legislative change that would reduce policy restrictions."

The closing date for the consultation is Friday 12th September. Submissions should be sent to

CMF's response will be posted under 'submissions' in due course, but meanwhile see CARE's response.

Public Consultation by The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life (23/6/14 – 31/10 /14)

This consultation has been convened by the Woolf Institute, Cambridge, to consider the place and role of religion and belief in contemporary Britain. It will examine how ideas of Britishness and national identity may be inclusive of a range of religions and beliefs and will make recommendations for public life and policy. Specific topics covered include social change, law, media, education, social action and dialogue and engagement.

Details can be found here.

Consultation on Care of the Dying Adult

NICE have been asked to develop a clinical practice guideline on Care of the Dying Adult for use in the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The draft scope defines what aspects of care the guideline will cover and to whom it will apply. The consultation invites comments on the scope and suggestions for clinical questions that could be answered in the guideline.

Information on the progress for this guideline topic so far is available.

Details of the consultation can be found at here.