The final episode of the first series contains an in-depth interview with Dr Laura McLaughlin. Dr McLaughlin is co-chair of Doctors for Choice NI, and a member of the Northern Ireland Abortion and Contraception Taskgroup. Following the decriminalisation of abortion Dr McLaughlin worked alongside healthcare professionals and Informing Choices to establish local early medical abortion services, and currently provides abortion care in Northern Ireland.
Dr McLaughlin reflects on her experiences of working in the health service in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Canada; how the previous abortion law in Northern Ireland impacted upon medical professionals and the care provided to women; the formation of Doctors for Choice NI; the impact of Covid-19 and the establishment of early medical abortion services in Northern Ireland; conversations with medical colleagues around the provision of abortion; how abortion is viewed by women and society in Northern Ireland; and her aspirations for sexual and reproductive health going forward.
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Report from the Northern Ireland Abortion and Contraception Taskgroup published in March 2021 on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Northern Ireland
Report published by Informing Choices NI in June 2021 entitled Beyond Decriminalisation: pregnancy choices and abortion care in Northern Ireland
An Irish News article from April 2020 on the launch of the central access point into early medical abortion care
An article from June 2020 on abortion provision in Northern Ireland written by Dr Laura McLaughlin
An Irish Times article from October 2022 on the uncertainty of abortion provision in Northern Ireland featuring Dr Laura McLaughlin
A Belfast Telegraph article from December 2022 on the commissioning of abortion services in Northern Ireland featuring Dr Laura McLaughlin
A video created by Doctors for Choice UK called 'Kind to women: how the 1967 Abortion Act changed our lives'