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We invited the activist organisations who contributed to our Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women's Rightsexhibition to produce prints that showcase the ethos of their organisation.
50% of the proceeds from each print goes to BPAS.
About BPAS and the Now for NI campaign:
Until recently, an unwanted pregnancy in Northern Ireland came with a stark choice: continue the pregnancy, travel to Britain to access a termination, or obtain illegal abortion pills online – risking up to life in prison. Around 1,000 women per year travelled; countless others used the latter option.
In 2018, the Republic of Ireland voted in a referendum to overturn their abortion ban. Northern Ireland's strict abortion law, now out of step with all its neighbours, was thrust into the spotlight.
Almost immediately the "Now for NI" campaign was born. Activists, campaigners, clinicians and politicians across Northern Ireland & Britain worked together to secure change. In July 2019, MPs in the House of Commons voted for an amendment, introduced by Labour MP Stella Creasy, to repeal the relevant sections of the criminal law. In October of the same year, abortion was finally decriminalised in Northern Ireland.
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) is Britain’s largest abortion provider, and many of the women who had travelled from Northern Ireland ended up at their door. For many years they campaigned for decriminalisation in Northern Ireland, eventually working with Stella Creasy to secure that crucial amendment. They continue to provide reproductive healthcare services and advocate for reproductive choice – from Belfast to Brighton.
Artist - Han Deacon for British Pregnancy Advisory Service
Brand: British Library x BPAS - Now for NI
Dimensions: A3 Unmounted Wall Print