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N. Ireland – Change to North’s abortion laws recommended by working group

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Change to North’s abortion laws recommended by working group
Report supports alowing terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormality

April 25, 2018
Amanda Ferguson

A justice and health working group has recommended a change to Northern Ireland’s abortion laws to allow terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormality.

A report, published on Wednesday following a Freedom of Information request, was commissioned in 2016 by the then Stormont health and justice ministers, with a view to informing Executive policy deliberations.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/change-to-north-s-abortion-laws-recommended-by-working-group-1.3473879

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Ireland – Don’t trust social media for facts on Eighth Amendment – FG

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Don’t trust social media for facts on Eighth Amendment – FG
‘Just because a friend you trust posts something ... does not mean it is fact’ – Minister

April 25, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

Fine Gael has warned people not to trust social media for facts surrounding the referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

A number of senior Ministers held an early morning canvass on Wednesday morning in Dublin city centre, urging people to vote Yes in the referendum.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/don-t-trust-social-media-for-facts-on-eighth-amendment-fg-1.3473981

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EU court deals blow to anti-abortion campaigners

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EU court deals blow to anti-abortion campaigners

By Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com
April 24, 2018

The EU court has ruled that the European Commission was entitled to refuse to table a bill banning funding for abortion services [DFID/Flickr]

The EU’s top court has dealt a blow to anti-abortion activists, ruling that the European Commission was justified in its refusal to propose a ban on EU funding for abortion services.

In a ruling on Monday (23 April), the European Court of Justice stated that the ‘One of Us’ citizens’ initiative “cannot require the Commission to submit a proposal for a legal act”.

continued: https://www.euractiv.com/section/freedom-of-thought/news/eu-court-deals-blow-to-anti-abortion-campaigners/

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USA – Here’s how most people actually feel about abortion, according to a national survey

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Here’s how most people actually feel about abortion, according to a national survey

Karen Fratti
April 24, 2018

The controversy surrounding abortion rights often makes it seem like the country is seriously split right down the middle about whether or not women should have the right to choose to terminate their own pregnancies. The issue is emotional and controversial for anti-choicers, but a new survey delved into how people really feel about abortion, and it turns out that attitudes are shifting about legal abortion, especially among young people.

Although this hasn’t always been the case, the new survey, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute, or PRRI, shows that the more people are educated about abortion, the more they believe that women should have the right to do what they want or need for their bodies and lives. Respondents to the survey between the ages of 18 and 29 years old were more likely to have changed their views on abortion in recent years in favor of abortion rights. In that same group, 25 percent of the survey respondents said that they had become more supportive of a woman’s right to choose, while only 9 percent had become less supportive.

Continued: https://hellogiggles.com/news/heres-how-most-people-actually-feel-about-abortion-according-to-a-national-survey/

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What’s Really At Stake In The Irish Abortion Referendum

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What's Really At Stake In The Irish Abortion Referendum
For Irish women, abortion remains both illegal and taboo. As the country faces a historic referendum, Lynn Enright reflects on a nation’s changing mood, and a past decision of her own.

By Lynn Enright
Tuesday 24 April 2018

I was 31 and living in London when I had an abortion. On a grey morning, I took the Tube to the hospital and afterwards, I got an Uber home. My then boyfriend (who is now my husband) gave me a hot-water bottle and my flatmate brought me a cup of tea. My best friend texted me. “I love you,” she said. It was an everyday abortion but it hadn’t been an easy decision. I’d always wanted children and I’d hoped to be in a situation to have them at 31. But I wasn’t. The website I worked at had shut down the previous month and I was broke. I lived in a rented flat, sharing with two others. And my relationship was young and unsteady on its feet. So I had an abortion. Because it wasn’t the right time. Because it felt impossible to be pregnant, impossible to be a mother.

Continued: http://www.vogue.co.uk/article/the-story-of-us

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Senegal: The law, trials and imprisonment for abortion

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FEATURE - Senegal: The law, trials and imprisonment for abortion
24 April 2018
International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

by Nandini Archer, Alice Finden, Hannah Pearson
Edited by Marge Berer

Introduction

The law on abortion in Senegal is both restrictive and unclear. Although the country’s criminal code completely prohibits pregnancy termination, the Code of Medical Ethics allows an abortion if three doctors agree that the procedure is necessary to save the pregnant woman’s life. Given these circumstances, almost no abortions are legal and unsafe abortion leads to a high maternal mortality ratio. A combination of an inherited colonial penal code, and the influence of religion and social stigma, mean that despite continuing attempts by advocates to change the law, cases of sometimes prolonged pre-trial detention and imprisonment for illegal abortion and for infanticide among women unable to obtain an abortion, are rife, especially among poor and rural women.

This report looks at Senegal’s abortion law and policy, the prevalence of unsafe abortions, attempts to reform the law, the process of criminalisation of women, the extent of infanticide, and women’s stories, based on a range of published sources and valuable input from Senegalese human rights and women’s rights advocates.

Continued: https://mailchi.mp/safeabortionwomensright/feature-senegal-the-law-trials-and-imprisonment-for-abortion-24-april-2018?e=372dd34034

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Ireland – Repeal mural will ‘no doubt’ go up on private wall space, says Taoiseach

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Repeal mural will ‘no doubt’ go up on private wall space, says Taoiseach
However, Varadkar says murals and posters will not convince people to change minds

April 24, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil he has “no doubt” the Repeal mural that was painted over on the walls of the Project Arts Centre in Dublin will re-appear on a private building elsewhere.

Mr Varadkar also said he believed the Charities Regulator which issued the instruction to remove the mural by street artist Maser, would have issued a similar instruction had the painting favoured the No side in the abortion referendum debate.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/repeal-mural-will-no-doubt-go-up-on-private-wall-space-says-taoiseach-1.3473018

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Ireland – Obstetricians’ body recommends Yes vote in abortion referendum

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Obstetricians’ body recommends Yes vote in abortion referendum
College ready to train Irish doctors to provide abortion services if referendum is passed

April 24, 2018
Pat Leahy

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which trains and accredits most Irish obstetricians, has expressed its support for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

In a statement, the college said it was ready to train Irish doctors to provide abortion services in the State if the referendum was passed on May 25th.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/obstetricians-body-recommends-yes-vote-in-abortion-referendum-1.3473125

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Law to replace Eighth Amendment not subject of vote, says commission

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Law to replace Eighth Amendment not subject of vote, says commission
Referendum Commission urges everyone to vote as it launches information campaign

April 24, 2018
Sarah Bardon

The forthcoming referendum is not a vote on the law that may replace the Eighth Amendment, the Referendum Commission has said.

The commission, chaired by Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, will launch its public information campaign on Tuesday ahead of the referendum on May 25th.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/law-to-replace-eighth-amendment-not-subject-of-vote-says-commission-1.3471834

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Facebook tries to battle fake news for Ireland’s abortion referendum

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Facebook tries to battle fake news for Ireland’s abortion referendum

IrishCentral Staff
April 23, 2018

Facebook is attempting to eliminate fake ads and provide transparency on its platform ahead of Ireland’s abortion referendum vote on May 25.

In the wake of Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 election, the social media giant is introducing a new tool that, according to CNN, will “give users more information about political advertisements and sponsored posts in their News Feeds.”

The new feature, which has already been tested in Canada, is expected to be available in Ireland on April 25, ahead of the global launch.

Continued: https://www.irishcentral.com/news/politics/facebook-fake-news-ireland-abortion-referendum

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