Women hand themselves in over procuring abortion pills

Three women have handed themselves in to the PSNI in Derry for procuring abortion pills.

Tuesday, 24th May 2016, 9:13 am
Updated Tuesday, 24th May 2016, 10:16 am
Colette Devlin (left), Diana King and Kitty O'Kane with a local solicitor present themselves at Strand Road PSNI Station on Monday evening.

A crowd cheered as the women presented themselves at Strand Road PSNI Station on Monday evening.

Alliance for Choice members Kitty O’Kane (69), Colette Devlin (68) and Diana King (71) were released later on Monday.

A PSNI spokesman confirmed this morning: “Three females attended Strand Road police station last night in connection with the procurement of abortion pills, contrary to section 58 of the ‘Offences Against the Person Act’.

“Police enquiries into the matter will continue.”

Reading a statement outside the police station, Dianna King said: “We do now have one law for the rich and one law for the poor. If you can raise the £1,000 to £2,000 to travel to GB for a legal abortion no-one will bother year, but if you access the nine-week abortion pills online for £60, there’s a climate of fear resulting from Stormont and the DPP hounding women who are already at their most vulnerable.

“I don’t want to believe our politicians will let this continue, but I fear they will, so it is up to us to keep campaigning.”

Local investigative online organisation, Beyond The Pillars, meanwhile recently revealed that since 2011, 18 abortion pills have been seized across Northern Ireland.