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Isle of Man – Allinson consults on abortion reform bill clause

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Allinson consults on abortion reform bill clause

Wednesday, 21 February 2018
By A Reporter in Politics

The MHK steering abortion reform proposals through the House of Keys is consulting with a UK expert to see if one of the clauses needs to be re-worded.

During last week’s House of Keys, it was suggested that the wording of clauses covering when an abortion would be permitted after 24 weeks might need to match the UK law, if that was to be where most such procedures would be carried out.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=38735&headline=Allinson%20consults%20on%20abortion%20reform%20bill&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

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Isle of Man: Anti-reform group seize upon phone poll results on abortion issue

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Anti-reform group seize upon phone poll results on abortion issue

Wednesday, 21 February 2018
By A Reporter in Health

Campaigners fighting plans to reform the island’s abortion law have seized on the findings of a poll that they believe undermine the results of an earlier government consultation.

Anti-reform group CARE paid for UK research company ComRes to conduct a telephone poll into the issue. The questions were compiled by ComRes and former GP Graham McAll, who has campaigned against abortion reform.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=38762&headline=ComRes%20abortion%20research%20results&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

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Ireland – Supreme Court case could derail abortion referendum timetable

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Supreme Court case could derail abortion referendum timetable
Ruling on rights of unborn has potential to force Government rethink

Feb 21, 2018
Mary Carolan, Pat Leahy

The Supreme Court will today begin hearing an appeal whose outcome could throw the Government’s plans for an abortion referendum into doubt. Depending on the court’s ruling, the vote could be delayed by months, forcing a fundamental rethink of the proposed wording and approach.

Seven justices will sit this morning to hear the State’s appeal of a High Court decision last summer that ruled for the first time that the unborn has rights in law beyond the constitutionally protected right to life. Lawyers for the State will seek to have the High Court decision overturned. If the State fails in its case, there will be significant implications for the protection of the unborn, not least in relation to the proposed referendum.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/supreme-court-case-could-derail-abortion-referendum-timetable-1.3399484

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Ireland – Draft abortion referendum law agreed by Irish cabinet

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Draft abortion referendum law agreed by Irish cabinet

20 February 2018

The Irish cabinet has agreed draft legislation on a referendum to repeal the constitution's eighth amendment on abortion. The amendment, introduced in 1983, gives an equal right to life to a pregnant woman and an unborn child.

Ireland is to hold a referendum this year on whether to change the country's abortion laws, which are among Europe's strictest. The draft legislation sets the process in motion.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43129019

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Ireland – Abortion: the need to engage and explain

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Abortion: the need to engage and explain
Recent developments have underlined the scale of the task facing the repeal side

Feb 20, 2018

Three weeks have passed since Taoiseach Leo Varadkar fired the starting gun for the abortion referendum campaign after a late-night Government meeting to formally sign off on the plan. That important step, coming as it did 10 days after a surprise announcement by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin that he would vote to remove the constitutional ban on abortion, energised pro-choice supporters and injected momentum into their campaign.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/editorial/abortion-the-need-to-engage-and-explain-1.3397802

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Ireland – Abortion referendum will hang on the undecided middle ground

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Abortion referendum will hang on the undecided middle ground
Analysis: People ‘want to hear from women and doctors’, say focus groups

Feb 20, 2018
Pat Leahy Political Editor

Opinion polls published last weekend suggest a tightening of the abortion referendum campaign, as it becomes clear that a large undecided middle ground will be the key to the outcome.

The Cabinet will today consider a draft referendum Bill, but that process will not be completed until after the Supreme Court has ruled in an appeal that begins on Thursday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum-will-hang-on-the-undecided-middle-ground-1.3397981

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Ireland – Harsh penalties by church and State on those who have abortions do not work

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Harsh penalties by church and State on those who have abortions do not work
As Catholics we must now decide on what type of civic society we wish to create

Feb 20, 2018
Brendan Butler

The forthcoming referendum will present me and other committed Catholics with a dilemma. Do I vote to retain the present constitutional ban on abortion – which results in the criminalisation of women who have had abortions – or to recognise a changing reality where the present Irish population, especially the younger generation, are concerned, and who see opposition by the Catholic Church to repeal of the Eighth Amendment as a threat to their moral freedom to act according to their consciences?

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/harsh-penalties-by-church-and-state-on-those-who-have-abortions-do-not-work-1.3397839

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The Global Gag Rule Is Harming Women Around The World

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The Global Gag Rule Is Harming Women Around The World — EXCLUSIVE

By Nancy Northup & Anu Kumar
Feb 19, 2018

Jan. 23 marks one year since President Donald Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which bans overseas organizations that receive U.S. funding from using their own money to provide abortion information, referrals, or to advocate for law reform. The policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule, not only harms women and girls around the world, it disproportionately impacts countries home to mainly people of color. It embodies the “America First” ideological imperialism and reliance on strong-arm coercion that have shaped and defined this administration’s first year.

Every Republican president since Ronald Reagan has implemented the gag rule, using foreign policy to bully countries on abortion for decades. Since 1973, global health organizations have been working under the Helms Amendment, an egregious policy that bans any U.S. foreign aid funds from being used for abortion services. This policy remains in effect, and the gag rule bolsters it. Despite the Helms Amendment, in recent years the global community has made progress in expanding access to reproductive health care, particularly safe abortion.

Continued: https://www.elitedaily.com/p/the-global-gag-rule-is-harming-women-around-the-world-exclusive-8245633

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Ireland – No anti-abortion medical experts willing to argue for Eighth – Noone

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No anti-abortion medical experts willing to argue for Eighth – Noone
No Irish-based consultants or GPs ‘made available to Committee on Eighth Amendment’

Feb 19, 2018
Ronan McGreevy

The chair of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment has revealed the committee could not find a single medical expert in Ireland to argue the case for the status quo.

Senator Catherine Noone said the committee secretariat and the membership had been asked to put forward experts who would put the medical case for retaining the Eighth Amendment.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/no-anti-abortion-medical-experts-willing-to-argue-for-eighth-noone-1.3397941

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Ireland – Abortion vote moves step closer as cabinet prepares policy paper

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Abortion vote moves step closer as cabinet prepares policy paper

Jennifer Bray, Ireland Deputy Political Editor
February 19 2018

Plans for a referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment will be set in motion by the Irish government at a cabinet meeting tomorrow.

Simon Harris, the health minister, will bring a memo forward containing the heads of a new bill to provide the legislative grounds for a vote in late May or early June.

It is expected that the full bill will be published early next month and that the government will publish a policy paper at the same time that will detail the laws it intends to bring in if the ban on abortion is repealed.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/abortion-vote-moves-step-closer-as-cabinet-prepares-policy-paper-zlbxzjmfx

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