Pat Leahy: One way or the other, the referendum will change Irish politics

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Pat Leahy: One way or the other, the referendum will change Irish politics
A Yes vote will alter the political landscape; a No vote could upend it

May 19, 2018
Pat Leahy

Next Friday’s referendum will be an enormously consequential event for Irish society. But it will also have immediate political consequences which very few of the political class appear to have thought through.

Whatever the result, it will change Irish politics. Lots of people say: but the marriage referendum didn’t change anything in politics. They’re right. It didn’t. But I think this referendum will.

Continued; https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/pat-leahy-one-way-or-the-other-the-referendum-will-change-irish-politics-1.3500411

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Ireland – ‘I needed surgery but because I was pregnant, I was left to rot’

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‘I needed surgery but because I was pregnant, I was left to rot’
Kate Campbell developed a cyst and was in constant pain, but doctors refused to test or operate

May 19, 2018
Kate Campbell

There are many different reasons women terminate their pregnancies, or continue with them in challenging circumstances. In advance of the referendum on whether to retain or repeal the Eighth Amendment on May 25th, The Irish Times has asked readers to share their personal experiences. This is one of the stories we received. To submit yours, click here.

I needed surgery but because I was pregnant, I was left to rot instead.

When I was three months pregnant with my third child in 2007 I found a lump in my abdomen about the size of a pear. I was referred to my local hospital as my GP was unable to diagnose using palpitation alone. At the hospital I was examined but the only diagnostic tool offered was an ultrasound, where I was told the baby was fine and the lump was 7cm across.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/i-needed-surgery-but-because-i-was-pregnant-i-was-left-to-rot-1.3500349

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Italy’s far right uses Irish vote to boost anti-abortion campaign

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Italy's far right uses Irish vote to boost anti-abortion campaign
ProVita activists boost campaign in run-up to 40th anniversary of legalisation of abortion

Angela Giuffrida in Rome
Sat 19 May 2018

Activists and far-right politicians have seized on Italy’s low birth rate and the attention on Ireland’s referendum on abortion to boost their own campaign to outlaw the practice.

As the 40th anniversary of Italy’s legalisation of abortion approaches, the renewed effort also comes as the far-right League, which contains many anti-abortion militants, stands on the brink of forming a government with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement following inconclusive general elections in March.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/19/italys-far-right-use-irish-abortion-referendum-to-boost-pro-life-campaign

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‘Dark ads’ cast a shadow over Ireland’s referendum on abortion

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'Dark ads' cast a shadow over Ireland's referendum on abortion

By Kara Fox, CNN
Fri May 18, 2018

Dublin (CNN)Attempts by Facebook and Google to tackle "dark ads" and foreign interference in the run-up to Ireland's referendum on abortion haven't been entirely successful, data from a transparency group seen by CNN has shown.

The Transparent Referendum Initiative (TRI), a volunteer organization set up to monitor social-media posts about the referendum has collected ads from 180 Facebook groups targeting Irish voters.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/18/tech/ireland-abortion-referendum-facebook-google-intl/index.html

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USA – The new Trump plan to defund Planned Parenthood, explained

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New rules could leave low-income women without access to affordable birth control.
By Sarah Kliff
May 18, 2018

Women’s health clinics that provide abortions or refer patients for the procedure will be cut off from a key source of federal funding under new Trump administration rules expected to be released Friday.

Both the New York Times and Modern Healthcare report that the White House plans to issue new guidelines for Title X, the only federal program dedicated to paying for birth control. The new rule is expected to require a “physical as well as financial separation” between entities that receive Title X funds and those that provide abortions.

continued: https://www.vox.com/2018/5/18/17367964/trump-abortion-planned-parenthood-defund

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South Africa – ABORTION & REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE CONFERENCE – Rhodes University to host critical dialogues in reproductive justice

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ABORTION & REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE CONFERENCE – Rhodes University to host critical dialogues in reproductive justice
May 18, 2018
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

Rhodes University’s Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction (CSSR) research programme will be co-hosting a flagship conference to address abortion and reproductive justice issues in July.

In cooperation with the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition of South Africa, the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion, the South African Department of Social Development, and the Open Society Foundations, the conference – Abortion & Reproductive Justice: The Unfinished Revolution III – will take place from 8–12 July 2018 at Rhodes’ Barrat Lecture Theatre Complex.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/abortion-reproductive-justice-conference-rhodes-university-to-host-critical-dialogues-in-reproductive-justice/

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CHILE – Legal abortions in Chile since the new law was passed, and response to political pushback

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CHILE – Legal abortions in Chile since the new law was passed, and response to political pushback

May 18, 2018
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

According to the Chilean Ministry of Health, between September 2017 and March 2018, there have been 111 legal abortions – 50 on grounds of risk to the woman’s life, 35 due to fatal fetal anomalies, and 26 following rape. There were also, of course, many more abortions which did not take place within the health care system. But this is a start!!

On 27-28 April, Miles Chile trained 25 health professionals from 10 hospitals and health departments, including social workers, midwives and doctors from public hospitals in the greater metropolitan area of Santiago. The training covered understanding the law and complying with the three legal grounds, up-to-date information about quality of care and abortion methods, and dealing with complications of unsafe abortions.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/chile-legal-abortions-in-chile-since-the-new-law-was-passed-and-response-to-political-pushback/

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Australia – ‘Safe zones’ around abortion clinics don’t threaten free speech, Victoria says

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'Safe zones' around abortion clinics don't threaten free speech, Victoria says
State government tells high court that anti-abortion protesters are not engaged in public debate but are targeting women for their medical choices

Paul Karp
Thu 17 May 2018

“Safe access zones” around abortion clinics do not breach Australians’ limited right to free speech because protesters are not engaged in public debate but rather targeting women for their medical choices, the Victorian government has said.

The Victorian government has made the submission to the high court, warning that without safe access zones some women who need abortion services will decide “to delay or not to seek those services at all”.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/18/safe-zones-around-abortion-clinics-dont-threaten-free-speech-victoria-says

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‘Irish Times’ poll: Yes side must work hard to retain lead

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‘Irish Times’ poll: Yes side must work hard to retain lead
Analysis: Margin in Irish referendums always contracts as campaign proceeds

May 17, 2018
Pat Leahy

Eight days from polling day, and the anticipated tightening of the referendum campaign has duly arrived. In the three weeks since the last Irish Times poll, the Yes lead has shrunk – considerably but not enormously – as next Friday’s decision day approaches.

Among all voters, 44 per cent now say they will vote in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment tomorrow week, down by three points from last month’s figure. The No side now has 32 per cent, up four points. Undecided voters are at 17 per cent (down three points) while 5 per cent say they will not vote and 2 per cent refused to answer.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/irish-times-poll-yes-side-must-work-hard-to-retain-lead-1.3497886

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Ireland – ‘My circumstances were the same as Savita Halappanavar’s’

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‘My circumstances were the same as Savita Halappanavar’s’
I had symptoms of septicaemia but was refused care, as my baby still had a heartbeat

May 16, 2018
Anonymous

In the run-up to the referendum on whether to retain or repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, on May 25th, The Irish Times has asked readers to share their personal experiences of abortion, which the amendment bans in almost all circumstances. This is one of the accounts we received. To submit yours, click here.

In January 2014 my husband and I sat waiting in the departure lounge to board our flight to Liverpool at 7am. I was extremely unwell; I had pains going down the entire left side of my body and across my stomach.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/my-circumstances-were-the-same-as-savita-halappanavar-s-1.3492038

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