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NUS-USI are looking for students from across the UK and Ireland to anonymously share their abortion stories in solidarity with students in Northern Ireland who cannot legally access abortion.

We want to create an interactive map of students’ unions across the UK and Ireland, filled with anonymous stories of students’ experiences of abortion. The names and identities of these students will remain anonymous and we will attribute the stories to the unions who collected them, only to give geographical context.

The purpose of this is to illustrate that access to abortion is a student issue and that students across these islands share many similar experiences in terms of reproductive healthcare.

We also want to highlight that students in Northern Ireland cannot share their abortion stories in this way due to Section 5 of the Criminal Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1967. The effect of this law is to make it a crime not to report knowledge of a crime, e.g. abortion, to the PSNI.

This legal duty would bind NUS-USI to report any students who shared their experiences with us relating to the use of safe but illegal abortion pills. NUS-USI firmly believe that abortion access is a human right and we need the solidarity of unions in GB and ROI to highlight this struggle.

If your union wants to take part in this campaign:

  • Set up a platform that allows your students to safely disclose their stories anonymously to you.
  • Make it clear to them how their stories will be used and that their personal information will not be included.
  • Send anonymous students’ stories to RACHEL and make sure you let us know what union you are from!