The young Americans trying to stop Ireland from voting Yes to abortion

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The young Americans trying to stop Ireland from voting Yes to abortion

By Kara Fox, CNN
Wed May 23, 2018

Dublin (CNN) Emily Faulkner is in central Dublin, handing out leaflets featuring fetuses in various stages of development, when she's pelted by an egg.

Covered in yolk, she turns to her fiancé, Nathan Berning, who has a GoPro video camera mounted on his chest.

"Did you get that on tape? Is it on, babe? Turn it on," she says.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/23/europe/ireland-abortion-referendum-american-campaigners-intl/index.html

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Kenya – Safe abortion issue takes centre stage in High Court

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Safe abortion issue takes centre stage in High Court

May. 23, 2018
By CAROLE MAINA @mainacarole

A five-judge bench convened yesterday to hear arguments in a suit calling for the government to reinstate guidelines on safe abortions.

Joseph Karanja, a leading obstetrician and gynaecologist, urged the High Court to compel the government to reinstate the guidelines.

He said it will save the lives of women who are at risk from illegal, botched abortions.

Continued: https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2018/05/23/safe-abortion-issue-takes-centre-stage-in-high-court_c1762186

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How legal restrictions on abortion are harming women all over the world

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How legal restrictions on abortion are harming women all over the world

Ann M. Starrs
22 May 2018

This Friday Ireland faces a historic vote on whether to reform the country's abortion laws, which are among the most restrictive in Europe. Currently, women in Ireland who need an abortion are forced to travel abroad - usually England - or may resort to clandestine termination of their pregnancies.

Worldwide, an estimated 25 million unsafe abortions occur each year, even though abortion is a simple and safe procedure when properly performed. Unsafe abortion occurs most frequently in countries with restrictive abortion laws. Banning abortion does not eliminate the procedure, but it does make abortion more likely to be unsafe.

Continued: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/22/countries-ban-abortion-taking-lives-save-women-babies/

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Expert Opinion: NSW Gov is enabling harassment. Abortion clinics need Safe Access Zones now.

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Expert Opinion: NSW Gov is enabling harassment. Abortion clinics need Safe Access Zones now.
Tomorrow, the NSW upper house will vote on the introduction to 'Safe Access Zones' to shield women from harassment outside abortion clinics.

May 23, 2018
By Adrianne Walters, Renee Carr

Every week, women in NSW face harassment and intimidation by anti-abortionists outside reproductive healthcare clinics.

Women are told they are murderers, forced to look at graphic images, and made to listen to misleading and medically inaccurate claims about the dire consequences that await them inside the abortion clinic.

Continued: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/the-feed/expert-opinion-nsw-gov-is-enabling-harassment-abortion-clinics-need-safe-access-zones-now

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Australia: Abortion laws: bill to establish exclusion zones likely to pass NSW parliament

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Abortion laws: bill to establish exclusion zones likely to pass NSW parliament
Laws would establish ‘safe access’ around clinics and proposes potential jail time for harassment within zones

Michael McGowan
Wed 23 May 2018

A bill to establish exclusion zones around abortion clinics in New South Wales is likely to pass the state’s parliament.

The legislation would establish 150m “safe access zones” around abortion clinics and proposes potential jail time for people caught harassing people within the zones.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/23/abortion-laws-bill-to-establish-exclusion-zones-likely-to-pass-nsw-parliament

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What can Ireland learn from the UK on abortion?

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What can Ireland learn from the UK on abortion?
Of Irish women who receive abortion care in UK, 70 per cent are married or with a partner

May 23, 2018
Dr Patricia Lohr

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) has been providing abortion care to women from Ireland since 1968.

There is little difference between the reasons women from Ireland present and the reasons women from the UK present; they are diverse and multifaceted.

They may involve financial hardship, knowing one’s family is complete, inadequate partner or family support, domestic violence or simply a woman feeling she is not in a position to care for a baby at that point in her life.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/what-can-ireland-learn-from-the-uk-on-abortion-1.3504229

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I killed Savita Halappanavar by choosing to stay silent about my abortion – and I’m so sorry

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I killed Savita Halappanavar by choosing to stay silent about my abortion – and I'm so sorry

I never did have the hard conversation with my family about my abortion. They continue to float on in blissful ignorance, thinking that abortion is something that happens to other people. Heartless people. Or that an Irish abortion in the UK means there is no abortion in Ireland

Suzie Kerrigan
Tuesday 22 May 2018

I killed Savita Halappanavar.

Every time I see her image, the one with the broad smile, I am disturbed. I knew it back in 2012, when Savita died after being refused an abortion. Now with the repeal vote coming up – as her friends and her parents give us a full view of the woman, young and vital, living in Galway, as I once did – the full horror of the situation hits me again. I killed Savita.

The sickness from the pit of my stomach, the constriction of my throat and the tears come automatically. My head starts to pound, my toes go cold. The guilt. I’m sorry, I’m so very sorry.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/savita-halappanavar-ireland-abortion-referendum-vote-latest-eighth-amendment-a8363166.html

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Amicus Brief: Decriminalization on Abortion in South Korea

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Amicus Brief: Decriminalization on Abortion in South Korea
May 22, 2018

I. Introduction

Human Rights Watch has the honor of submitting this amicus brief in connection with case 2017Hun-Ba127, which is before the Constitutional Court of Korea (Constitutional Court). This case involves a review of the constitutionality of the Republic of Korea (South Korea)’s criminal law on abortion.

Under articles 269 and 270 of the Criminal Act, abortion is a crime, and any woman who undergoes an abortion risks up to one year of imprisonment or fines up to 2 million won (US$1850). Healthcare workers who provide abortions can face up to two years in prison, or more under certain circumstances.[1]

Continued: https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/22/amicus-brief-decriminalization-abortion-south-korea

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Trump’s Domestic Gag Rule Will Silence, Shame, and Stigmatize Women

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Trump’s Domestic Gag Rule Will Silence, Shame, and Stigmatize Women

May 22, 2018
Anu Kumar

The Trump Administration’s domestic gag policy is another anti-choice attack on the rights of women. “Domestic gag rule” is no misnomer; like its global predecessor, this new policy will force U.S. groups to make the same basic choice—between critical funding and providing essential care to women.

While we won’t have details of the policy until it is released, administration officials have suggested that it will force recipients of federal family planning funding to physically separate their abortion services from the services funded by Title X. That means 4 million people will be affected, many of whom are low-income women of color who utilize the Title X program to obtain family planning-related services. It is also expected that the rule will do away with a requirement that providers offer all options during pregnancy counseling and will ban referrals for abortions.

continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/05/22/trumps-domestic-gag-rule-will-silence-shame-stigmatize-women/

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‘I had no real interest in politics, until this’ – Ireland’s accidental abortion activists

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‘I had no real interest in politics, until this’ – Ireland’s accidental abortion activists
On 25 May, voters in Ireland will decide whether to legalise abortion. Doctors, grandparents and those who have been forced to travel the UK to seek terminations have been raising their voices in a bid to shift the narrative

Joyce Fegan
Tue 22 May 2018

In September 1983, article 40.3.3 – the eighth amendment – was voted into the Irish constitution. It equated the life of the “unborn” with that of the mother. It gave rise to a ban on abortion in all circumstances from the moment of conception.

It also led to a grave national silence, whereby abortion was outsourced to neighbouring jurisdictions, with Britain becoming a place of medical refuge for at least 168,703 Irish women.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/22/ireland-abortion-vote-accidental-activists-eighth-amendment

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UK: What happens inside an abortion clinic

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Ireland referendum: What happens inside an abortion clinic

By Hannah Moore Newsbeat reporter
22 May 2018

Amy Harris meets hundreds of women a year who are considering ending their pregnancies. The 27-year-old midwife works at a clinic in London run by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, which provides mainly NHS-funded abortions.

As the Republic of Ireland prepares to vote on legalising abortion, Amy tells us what the procedure involves - and busts some myths.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-43956095

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Irish abortion vote: ‘propagandistic’ use of children with Down’s syndrome condemned

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Irish abortion vote: 'propagandistic' use of children with Down's syndrome condemned
Father, doctor and pro-choice campaigner accuses anti-abortion lobby of exploiting ‘vulnerable group’ in referendum

Henry McDonald Ireland Correspondent
Tue 22 May 2018

A doctor, author and father of a son with Down’s syndrome has hit out at Ireland’s anti-abortion lobby for using children with the condition during campaigning for Friday’s referendum.

With only days left before the Irish electorate votes on whether to introduce limited abortion into the state’s hospitals, Dr Chris Kaposy has condemned the “propagandistic use” of children like his son by anti-abortion campaigners.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/22/irish-abortion-referendum-propagandistic-use-of-children-with-downs-syndrome-condemned

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Ireland – Head of Savita Halappanavar inquiry calls for Yes vote

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Head of Savita Halappanavar inquiry calls for Yes vote
Prof Sabaratnam Arulkumaran says legalising abortion ‘a public health issue’

May 22, 2018
Elaine Edwards

The head of the inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar in 2012 has supported a Yes vote in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment “for the sake of women’s health and rights”.

Prof Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, former president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, addressed a press conference hosted by the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) in Dublin on Tuesday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/head-of-savita-halappanavar-inquiry-calls-for-yes-vote-1.3504214

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Fact check: Would abortion law in Ireland be as liberal as Britain’s?

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Fact check: Would abortion law in Ireland be as liberal as Britain’s?
Britain has one of most unrestricted abortion regimes in EU. That’s not on the way here

May 22, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

Question: Will Ireland introduce an abortion law similar to Britain’s?

A claim is being made that Ireland will introduce abortion laws as liberal as are in place in Britain. Who is making this claim?

This has been made by several campaigners opposing the repeal of the Eighth Amendment, including members of the Catholic Church, politicians and the Love Both campaign.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/fact-check-would-abortion-law-in-ireland-be-as-liberal-as-britain-s-1.3504653

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USA – Woman who shot Wichita abortion doctor, bombed clinics in 1990s released from prison

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Woman who shot Wichita abortion doctor, bombed clinics in 1990s released from prison

By Judy L. Thomas
May 22, 2018

The Oregon woman who shot and wounded a Wichita abortion doctor 25 years ago and firebombed several clinics in three states has been released from federal prison, causing concern among clinic operators who worry her release could spark a new wave of attacks.

Rachelle "Shelley" Shannon, whose actions triggered a federal investigation into the possible existence of a nationwide conspiracy of anti-abortion terrorists intent on shutting down abortion clinics, left the Waseca Federal Correctional Facility in Minnesota on Monday and was being transported by bus to Portland, where she will be staying in a halfway house, according to her friends.

Continued: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article211653329.html

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Social media under microscope in emotive Irish abortion vote

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Social media under microscope in emotive Irish abortion vote

21 May 2018

DUBLIN (AP) — In homes and pubs, on leaflets and lampposts, debate is raging in Ireland over whether to lift the country's decades-old ban on abortion. Pro-repeal banners declare: "Her choice: vote yes." Anti-abortion placards warn against a "license to kill."

Online, the argument is just as charged — and more shadowy, as unregulated ads of uncertain origin battle to sway voters before Friday's referendum, which could give Irish women the right to end their pregnancies for the first time.

Continued: http://www.samoaobserver.ws/en/22_05_2018/world/33318/Social-media-under-microscope-in-emotive-Irish-abortion-vote.htm

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Why Ireland’s emigrants are coming home to fight for safe abortion

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Why Ireland's emigrants are coming home to fight for safe abortion

21 May 2018
Ahead of Ireland's historic referendum on abortion, the #hometovote hashtag has unleashed a wave of solidarity and inspired Irish voters from Nairobi to Toronto to return home and campaign for a woman's right to decide.

When the Irish government finally announced there would be a referendum on repealing its near-total ban on abortion, Ause Abdelhaq, a young Irish expat living in Nairobi, Kenya, was thrilled.

No one under the age of 53 has had the chance to vote to make abortion more accessible in Ireland. The significance of what is being billed as a once-in-a-generation opportunity was clearly not lost on young Irish voters like Ause.

Continued: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/05/irish-expats-come-home-to-vote-for-abortion/

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How India’s abortion laws are trailing society, technology and the young single women having more sex

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How India’s abortion laws are trailing society, technology and the young single women having more sex
Faced with a 20-week limit and cultural and other legal restrictions, millions of Indian women have abortions outside hospitals and clinics, while many others do not even know the procedure is legal because of a lack of public education

Monday, 21 May, 2018
Amrit Dhillon

Using euphemisms, Anita Adhikari, 43, says shyly that her husband wants sexual intercourse almost every day. How they manage to perform the act is a mystery. The chip board partition which separates her room in a slum in Gurgaon, a satellite city of the capital New Delhi, from the family next door is so flimsy you can hear her neighbours talking. With two grown-up married children, Anita is far less interested in sex than her husband, but she has no choice in the matter. Like most Indian women, she has to obey his every whim.

Anaemic and underweight, Adhkari used to miss her periods occasionally. When there was no sign of her period after three months, she assumed her menopause had started. But, feeling anxious one day in February, she went to a doctor who said she was pregnant. She went to a nearby chemist and bought an anti-abortion pill. By now, she was in her 18th week. The pill did not work. The only option was an abortion.

Continued: http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/article/2147008/how-indias-abortion-laws-are-trailing-society-technology

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The Observer view on the global threat to access to abortion

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The Observer view on the global threat to access to abortion
Women’s reproductive rights are under widespread threat, not least in America. This is no time for complacency

Observer editorial
Sun 20 May 2018

During his eight years in the White House, one of the themes President Obama frequently reflected on in speeches was the non-linear nature of social progress. “Progress doesn’t travel in a straight line,” he told Rutgers students in his commencement address in 2016. “It remains uneven and at times for every two steps forward, it feels like we take one step back.”

Those words feel particularly apt in relation to women’s rights. In the last year, the #MeToo movement has seen women globally assert their right to live and work without the threat of sexual assault and harassment. But in the world’s wealthiest democracy, women’s reproductive rights are more imperilled than they have been in 30 years.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/20/observer-view-on-abortion-donald-trump-gag-rule

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Ireland – Masters of maternity hospitals express ‘major concerns’ over online abortion pills

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Masters of maternity hospitals express 'major concerns' over online abortion pills

Monday, 21 May 2018
By Samantha Libreri

The Masters of two of Ireland's main maternity hospitals have said they have "major concerns" about women procuring abortion pills online to terminate their pregnancies.

Speaking at a joint press conference to call for a 'Yes' vote in Friday's referendum, Dr Rhona Mahony of the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street and Professor Fergal Malone of the Rotunda Hospital expressed concerns about the health implications for women who take abortion pills.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/eighth-amendment/2018/0521/964995-eighth-amendment/

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Irish abortion referendum: voters on both sides prepare to head home

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Irish abortion referendum: voters on both sides prepare to head home
With the referendum on a knife-edge, Irish citizens all over the world will flock home to vote

Lisa O'Carroll and Sinéad Baker
Mon 21 May 2018

From Berlin to Toronto, Maastricht to Los Angeles and London, Irish citizens based all over the world will be flocking home this week to vote in what looks set to be a knife-edge abortion referendum.

Cambridge, Oxford, London and Nottingham universities have opened up bursaries to help students fly to Ireland for the historic poll on Friday, while elsewhere voters have got funding from friends and family to make their voice heard.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/21/irish-abortion-referendum-expats-both-sides-head-home-vote

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Ireland, Enthusiastic About Gay Rights, Frets Over Abortion

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Ireland, Enthusiastic About Gay Rights, Frets Over Abortion

By Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura
May 20, 2018

CARRIGTWOHILL, Ireland — When it comes to the Roman Catholic Church, Judy Donnelly has been something of a rebel over the years. Like much of Ireland, she supported contraception, voted in a referendum to legalize divorce and, three years ago, backed same-sex marriage.

That last vote was joyously celebrated around the country and the world, placing Ireland, which elected its first gay prime minister last year, at the vanguard of what many called a social revolution.

But when it comes to the historic decision on legalizing abortion, which will be put to the nation on Friday, Ms. Donnelly says she will vote no, as will enough of her countrymen and women, including lawmakers across the political divide, to throw the referendum result into doubt. Polls for the May 25 vote have narrowed so tightly in recent weeks that “yes” and “no” campaigners are not able to confidently predict a victory.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/20/world/europe/ireland-gay-rights-abortion.html

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Abortion debate: Eighth creates ‘inequalities’ in foetal abnormalities care

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Abortion debate: Eighth creates ‘inequalities’ in foetal abnormalities care
Gynaecologist: Doctors cannot provide same care to women having terminations abroad

May 20, 2018
Barry Roche

The Eighth Amendment creates inequalities in care for pregnant women dealing with fatal foetal abnormalities depending on how they choose to respond to the diagnosis, a specialist in foetal medicine has said.

Dr Nóirín Russell, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Cork University Maternity Hospital, said about 36 of the 8,000 women who attend the hospital every year are told that their baby has an abnormality of such severity that survival after birth is unlikely.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/abortion-debate-eighth-creates-inequalities-in-foetal-abnormalities-care-1.3502060

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Ireland – Fears pro-life TDs will block abortion laws until election

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Fears pro-life TDs will block abortion laws until election
McGrath will question 'every syllable' of any new legislation

Philip Ryan
May 20 2018

There are serious fears in Cabinet that pro-life TDs will move to prevent abortion legislation being enacted before the next general election if the referendum passes next week.

The Government is eager to pass the new law before the country next goes to the polls but there are serious concerns that filibustering by anti-abortion TDs will prevent plans for an early election.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/fears-prolife-tds-will-block-abortion-laws-until-election-36926490.html

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‘We sat in the airport crying’: Irish couple describes travelling to England to abort terminal pregnancy

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'We sat in the airport crying': Irish couple describes travelling to England to abort terminal pregnancy
The country's strict abortion laws meant the couple couldn't end the pregnancy in Ireland

Helen Hoddinott Dublin
May 20, 2018

When Caroline and Michael McCarthy were told at their 20-week pregnancy scan that their third child wouldn’t survive outside the womb, they were devastated.

They learnt that their baby’s kidneys hadn’t developed in the first weeks of pregnancy, a condition called bilateral renal agenesis. As a result, there was no amniotic fluid and the baby had no chance of survival after birth.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ireland-abortion-referendum-eighth-amendment-travel-liverpool-video-a8360226.html

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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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Law Seeks to Curb Abortion Protests in Australia

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Law Seeks to Curb Abortion Protests in Australia

May 19, 2018
Phil Mercer

SYDNEY — Protests outside abortion clinics are to be outlawed under new laws proposed in Australia's most populous state. The legislation will be debated in the coming days in the New South Wales parliament.

It is estimated that up to 80,000 Australian women terminate a pregnancy each year. While abortion laws vary across the country, in New South Wales the procedure isn't illegal if it safeguards a woman's mental or physical health.

Continued: https://www.voanews.com/a/law-seeks-curb-abortion-protests-australia/4401079.html

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Thousands of Croatians march against abortion

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Thousands of Croatians march against abortion

AFP
May 19, 2018

Zagreb (AFP) - Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators took to the streets in Croatia's three biggest cities on Saturday in rallies that largely passed without incident, even as the issue continues to divide the staunchly Catholic EU member state.

Police estimated that around 10,000 people took part in a "March for Life" in Zagreb, carrying banners that read "I'm not a choice, but a child", while thousands more demonstrated in both Split and Rijeka on the Adriatic coast.

Continued: https://www.yahoo.com/news/thousands-croatians-march-against-abortion-145800979.html

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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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Ireland – Yes or No? Immigrant communities add their voices to the abortion debate

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Yes or No? Immigrant communities add their voices to the abortion debate
‘Many of those who do not have the right to vote are involved in campaigning for both sides. Even though they can’t vote it will still affect them’

May 16, 2018
Sorcha Pollak

A Chinese woman who miscarried in a Dublin hospital. A Polish man whose former girlfriend aborted their child without telling him. A Brazilian woman whose sister was violently raped at a bus stop. A Muslim man who says a foetus becomes a baby once it develops a soul at 120 days.

In 1983 the vast majority of people canvassing for or against the Eighth Amendment were Irish. More than three decades on, tens of thousands of immigrant women are now affected by our abortion laws. While the more than 535,400 non-Irish nationals living in Ireland will not be eligible to vote in next week’s referendum, many have joined campaigns on both sides of the debate to add their voices to an issue which, as residents in this country, directly affects them.

continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/yes-or-no-immigrant-communities-add-their-voices-to-the-abortion-debate-1.3496124

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Abortion in Ireland – what is the law?

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Abortion in Ireland - what is the law?

16 May 2018

On Friday May 25 people in the Republic of Ireland will vote on whether they want to make changes to the country's strict abortion laws, upheld in the Eighth Amendment of the Irish constitution.

So where does the law currently stand?

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43961988

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Ireland – ‘The journey I had to take after my 20-week scan was torturous’

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'The journey I had to take after my 20-week scan was torturous'
Journalist Laura Bourne recounts her heartbreaking journey to motherhood

Laura Bourne
May 15 2018

I’ve never been one for clichés.

But on October 28, 2016, when my husband and I met our baby boy Archie for the first and final time, in a room lit up with fairy lights on a quiet floor of Liverpool Women’s Hospital, it struck me that this experience would either be the making or breaking of me.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/the-journey-i-had-to-take-after-my-20week-scan-was-torturous-36908423.html

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Australia – The Abortion Issue Dividing The NSW Government

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The Abortion Issue Dividing The NSW Government
The "safe access" bill is set to be introduced to parliament this week.

Jessica Rapana
May 15, 2018

A new bill which could give NSW women the right to access abortions free from harassment is causing tensions within the Berejiklian government.

The proposed bill, which could be introduced to the Upper House as soon as Thursday, sets out 150m "safe access zones" around abortion clinics, with penalties including potential jail time for anyone caught harassing women within these parameters. It would also criminalise the recording or distribution of recordings of women inside the zone.

Continued: http://www.whimn.com.au/talk/news/the-abortion-issue-dividing-the-nsw-government/news-story/1826ebbc928d22a3393f69f609cc2aa3

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Maternal Mortality: Ghana In Focus

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Maternal Mortality: Ghana In Focus

15 May 2018 | Opinion/Feature
Anani Gideon

Are our mothers free and safe from the challenges they face during pregnancy till child birth? Is Ghana free from maternal mortality? What is our nation doing about maternal mortality? A lot of lives were lost when we talk of maternal and child mortality, people lost their love ones, people lost their new born which they were looking forward to getting for years. Lives that can contribute to the development of this nation. In fact Ghana has lost so many lives especially in our rural areas due to less development of our health system. Pregnancy is one physiological condition that differentiates a man from a woman and leads to the procreation of young ones and should not be the cause of elimination of human life.

Continued: https://www.modernghana.com/news/854121/maternal-mortality-ghana-in-focus.html

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Marie Stopes lauds Ghana for efforts to curb unsafe abortion

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Marie Stopes lauds Ghana for efforts to curb unsafe abortion

Date: May 15, 2018
Author: Graphic.com.gh

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Marie Stopes International, Mr Simon Cooke, has lauded Ghana for the country's initiative to curb unsafe abortion.

He, however, called on the government to make more services for safe abortion available and accessible to the youth in order to reduce maternal deaths.

According to him, pregnant women were engaging in unsafe abortion because they were not getting the correct services.

Continued: https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/marie-stopes-lauds-ghana-for-efforts-to-curb-unsafe-abortion.html

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Ireland – No sign of shift in abortion referendum that No campaigners need

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No sign of shift in abortion referendum that No campaigners need
Analysis: Tonight’s RTÉ debate a chance for anti-abortion groups to influence swing voters

May 15, 2018
Pat Leahy

If there is to be a move in the abortion-referendum campaign, then this is moving week.

A slew of polls early in the campaign painted more or less the same picture: a substantial lead for the Yes side, and a pretty solid foundation for that support. That lead is not unassailable, and a dramatic late swing to the No side, of the sort we have seen in other referendum campaigns, could change the outcome.

continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/no-sign-of-shift-in-abortion-referendum-that-no-campaigners-need-1.3495143

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Muslim view: Repeal Eighth Amendment to relieve burden on women

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Muslim view: Repeal Eighth Amendment to relieve burden on women
Rite&Reason: Islam does not recognise foetus as unborn child until ensoulment at 120 days

May 15, 2018
Shayk Dr Umar Al-Qadri

Ireland today is a place we can all be rightfully proud of. Around the world and at home, the Irish people and nation are known for being open and accepting, for promoting equality and opportunity.

Yet, as we have been reminded several times over the past years and decades, sometimes it takes a tragedy to gather our collective focus in a manner that enables us to take the next necessary step as a nation.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/muslim-view-repeal-eighth-amendment-to-relieve-burden-on-women-1.3494798

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Poland – Rising support for abortion

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Rising support for abortion

May 14, 2018

In April and May pro-choice billboards with the slogan “Women in Poland demand legal abortion” have appeared in different cities and towns across Poland. This campaign was organised by an informal women’s group, which managed to gather financial means in a crowdfunding campaign. The organizers and supporters wished to protest with these billboards against manipulative messages of the anti-abortion fundamentalists and to make their voice in the public sphere more distinctive. The billboards were meant to support pro-choice people in smaller, conservative towns and to empower them to show that they possess agency and can change the reality. Their action reflects a solid and growing support for the liberalization of the anti-abortion law.

The latest opinion poll conducted by IPSOS in cooperation with OKO.press, the online portal run by investigative journalists, reaffirms some continued trends, but it also surprises with new observations. The most crucial conclusions:

Continued: http://en.federa.org.pl/rising-support-for-abortion/

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1968: a revolutionary year – also for reproduction

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1968: a revolutionary year – also for reproduction

14.05.2018
By: Nikolai Astrup, Minister of International Development, Norway;- Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister, Sweden; Ulla Tørnæs, Minister for Development Cooperation, Denmark; and Anne-Mari Virolainen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Finland.

This year, in 2018, it is 50 years since reproductive rights – including the right to decide whether to have children and how many children to have – were first formally recognised.

More than 200 million women in developing countries are still denied these rights.

1968 gave its name to a generation known for its ambition to change the world for the better. And a historic decision was made that year, a decision with the potential to fundamentally change the lives of all people – and of women in particular.

Continued: http://um.dk/en/news/newsdisplaypage/?newsid=c37e4a26-76ea-4256-82c6-00bd29def796

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Inside a US abortion clinic

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Inside a US abortion clinic

Valeria Perasso, Social Affairs correspondent, WS Languages
14 May 2018

Ten women walk along a busy, fluorescent-lit corridor. Undressed from the waist down, they wear big white sheets, knotted over their hips, as they make their way to the "relaxation room", a windowless space, equipped with large sofas and a TV. There they wait, mostly in silence, for their turn to have an abortion.

This is Hope Medical Group for Women, a small abortion clinic in the US city of Shreveport serving an ever-expanding 200-mile radius through rural Louisiana and all the way to Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43966855

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Mexico’s Exciting Supreme Court Win for Women and Girls’ Access to Abortion

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Mexico’s Exciting Supreme Court Win for Women and Girls’ Access to Abortion
“This sets a precedent for the whole country. This gives us hope and empowers victims of rape because they know now that the court is on their side.”

Amie Newman
May 14, 2018

Marimar* was 17 years old when she was raped and impregnated by her attacker. She reported the crime to the authorities in Morelos, Mexico where she lived and requested an abortion. The prosecutor’s office sent her to the hospital. Although abortion is legal in the case of rape in Mexico, the bioethics committee at Cuernavaca General Hospital where she sought help kept her in the hospital for two weeks, eventually denying her an abortion.

In 2016 Fernanda* was raped by an acquaintance and became pregnant. She requested access to an abortion, several times, from the health services of Oaxaca. The hospital was on strike and did not do anything but acknowledge receipt of her requests. Fernanda, like Marimar, was denied access to abortion care.

Continued: https://medium.com/@amienewman/mexicos-exciting-supreme-court-win-for-women-and-girls-access-to-abortion-9bab0d905c41

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Ahead of the abortion referendum, Ireland explains #WhoNeedsYourYes

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Ahead of the abortion referendum, Ireland explains #WhoNeedsYourYes
Supporters of the Yes campaign are dedicating their votes to the women they want to help

By Emily Baker
on 14.05.18

It’s now just under two weeks until Irish citizens will vote on whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment in their constitution and allow the government to make abortion legal up to 12 weeks. And as the No campaign becomes more and more malicious, those in favour of a change in law are choosing a more altruistic approach with the Twitter hashtag #WhoNeedsYourYes.

Those intending to vote Yes are using the hashtag to shine a light on the women who will ultimately benefit from legal abortion, with high-profile and everyday voters raising their voices:

Continued: https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/latest-news/2018/20/Emily-Baker-on-who-needs-your-yes

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‘Why I’m Flying Home To Vote In Ireland’s Abortion Referendum’

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'Why I'm Flying Home To Vote In Ireland's Abortion Referendum'
"When a woman gets pregnant in Ireland she becomes a second class citizen - this is not acceptable."

Christine Howell
May 14, 2018

A few years ago, Ireland made headlines for all the wrong reasons. A woman suffering a miscarriage turned up to one of our hospitals. She was denied an abortion and left miscarrying for five days. She later died of blood poisoning.

In our country, it is currently illegal to procure an abortion. The eighth amendment to our constitution sets out “the right to life of the unborn” and guarantees “to defend and vindicate that right.” This prohibits the state from legislating to allow abortion.

Continued: http://www.whimn.com.au/talk/people/why-im-flying-home-to-vote-in-irelands-abortion-referendum/news-story/a9a7784d7012c91997a95e6087f1595f

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Ireland – ‘This is not a case of getting votes for me’ – councillor on why he changed his mind on how he’ll vote in the abortion referendum

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'This is not a case of getting votes for me' - councillor on why he changed his mind on how he'll vote in the abortion referendum
Dublin City Councillor Paul McAuliffe is now a yes voter

Kathy Armstrong
May 14 2018

AN Irish politician has said that he knows he may lose voters by backing repealing the eight amendment, but he says he can't support our "draconian" abortion laws.

Fianna Fail's Paul McAuliffe has addressed why he thinks we should repeal the eight amendment, months after he said he would be voting no in the historic referendum.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/this-is-not-a-case-of-getting-votes-for-me-councillor-on-why-he-changed-his-mind-on-how-hell-vote-in-the-abortion-referendum-36904045.html

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Ireland – ‘Very different situation’ – Harris ‘frustrated’ that ‘No’ side compares proposed abortion law to that of UK

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'Very different situation' - Harris 'frustrated' that 'No' side compares proposed abortion law to that of UK

Shona Murray
May 14 2018

Minister for Health Simon Harris has hit out at ‘inaccurate’ claims by the ‘No’ side about the government's legislation should the eighth amendment be repealed in the referendum.

He said posters depicting people with down syndrome and other disabilities claiming these people were "only alive" because of Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws were “upsetting”.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/very-different-situation-harris-frustrated-that-no-side-compares-proposed-abortion-law-to-that-of-uk-36904203.html

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Italy – Abortion top cause of femicide – posters

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Abortion top cause of femicide - posters
Calls for Mayor Raggi to intervene

Redazione ANSA Rome
14 May 2018

(ANSA) - Rome, May 14 - The appearance of new billboard posters declaring that "abortion is the top cause of femicide in the world" have sparked shock and anger in the Italian capital.

The ads were run by the CitizenGO campaign ahead of an anti-abortion march in the city on Saturday.

Continued: http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2018/05/14/abortion-top-cause-of-femicide-posters_a0d6a3c2-096b-4212-931a-5ed254d24f27.html

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Israel’s Abortion Rate Falls as Birth Control, Traditional Mores Rise

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Israel’s Abortion Rate Falls as Birth Control, Traditional Mores Rise
Experts also say fewer young men are seeking to have sex and are surfing the internet instead, including online pornography

Ido Efrati
May 13, 2018

The abortion rate in Israel is dropping consistently for reasons including greater accessibility to birth control and a society becoming more traditional, the Health Ministry said in a new report.

Between 1990 and 2016, the annual ratio of abortions to live births dropped 34 percent – from 150 for every 1,000 live births to 99. The number of abortions for every 1,000 women of fertility age dropped from 13.6 to nine, while the number of requests to pregnancy-termination committees at hospitals tumbled 42 percent, the report said.

Continued: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-abortion-rate-falls-as-birth-control-traditional-mores-rise-1.6078515

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Ireland – Mother might still be alive but for Eighth Amendment – gynaecologist

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Mother might still be alive but for Eighth Amendment – gynaecologist
Michelle Harte missed many weeks of cancer treatment due to Eighth – Prof Louise Kenny

May 13, 2018
Barry Roche

A gynaecologist has said a mother she had treated might still be alive if she had been able to obtain an abortion in Ireland.

Mother-of-one Michelle Harte might still be alive were it not for the Eighth Amendment having prevented her from obtaining a termination here when she was taking a new cancer therapy and was in remission, Prof Louise Kenny said.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/mother-might-still-be-alive-but-for-eighth-amendment-gynaecologist-1.3493958

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Ireland can agree on this: the abortion decision is not up to Mark Zuckerberg

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Ireland can agree on this: the abortion decision is not up to Mark Zuckerberg
A lack of regulatory oversight means tech companies could play a significant role in the Irish referendum

Gavin Sheridan
Sun 13 May 2018

Irish voters go to the polls on 25 May to decide whether or not to repeal the eighth amendment to our constitution. Inserted in 1983 this clause gives equal constitutional legal protection to the rights of the unborn child and its mother, and makes it almost impossible to legislate for abortion. Polling suggests the proposed repeal will pass. But the decision is one of the most contentious issues Irish voters have ever faced.

As with the many past Irish referendums, the campaign posters for each side – some of them with graphic imagery – went up first. Posters are a strictly regulated part of campaigns under Irish electoral law. TV and radio advertisements are not allowed.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/13/ireland-abortion-mark-zuckerberg-referendum

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‘I had an abortion’: Irish mother-of-two reveals what it’s like to travel to England for a termination

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'I had an abortion': Irish mother-of-two reveals what it’s like to travel to England for a termination
'The decision I made when 18 was why I was able to plan my life, go to college, and then have my kids'

Helen Hoddinott
May 13, 2018

When Janet Ní Shuilleabháin fulfilled her childhood dream of flying in an aeroplane, it was to travel to England for an abortion.

An experience she had imagined would be glamorous and exciting was, in reality, spent trying not to throw up due to the chronic morning sickness she had been struggling with for weeks.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ireland-abortion-referendum-eighth-amendment-travel-london-video-a8347221.html

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Ireland- After abortion, euthanasia will be our next burning social issue

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Ian O'Doherty: After abortion, euthanasia will be our next burning social issue

Ian O'Doherty
May 13 2018

For obvious reasons, the last few weeks have seen various words and phrases tossed around with gay abandon.

Compassion is probably the most ubiquitous culprit. If you landed in Ireland from the moon right about now, you'd be forgiven for thinking that compassion is our most abundant natural resource - because everyone seems to have it. Lots of it.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/ian-odoherty-after-abortion-euthanasia-will-be-our-next-burning-social-issue-36894907.html

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Ireland – Here are 18 heartbreaking reasons to vote Yes

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Here are 18 heartbreaking reasons to vote Yes
The Eighth Amendment added to the pain and grief we suffered on losing our baby, writes David Hanlon

David Hanlon
May 13 2018

This is a short account of how the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution affected my wife, our baby and me.

We lost our baby at 25 weeks gestation one year ago at a hospital in England. We have never known such pain and grief, and we hope you never will.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/here-are-18-heartbreaking-reasons-to-vote-yes-36901037.html

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Ireland: Knocking on doors in hostile territories: What its like to canvass for the referendum when local voting trends are against you

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Knocking on doors in hostile territories: What its like to canvass for the referendum when local voting trends are against you
What's it like to canvass for the referendum when historical local voting trends are against you?

May 13 2018

Kiem Bielenberg tracks the Yes campaign to Roscommon, while John Meagher joins the No campaign in Dalkey

Roscommon has been portrayed as a conservative backwater after it was the only constituency that voted against marriage equality. So how are Yes campaigners faring on abortion? Kim Bielenberg reports.

On the streets in Roscommon, campaigners for a Yes vote in the abortion referendum are annoyed by the county's portrayal as Ireland's conservative backwater.

continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/knocking-on-doors-in-hostile-territories-what-its-like-to-canvass-for-the-referendum-when-local-voting-trends-are-against-you-36894899.html

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Ireland – Referendum advertising rules hit strategies for final fortnight

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Referendum advertising rules hit strategies for final fortnight
No side claim Facebook and Google announcements are the result of Yes lobbying

May 12, 2018
Peter Murtagh

“We are here in Dublin with ProtectThe8th this morning. Pray for us! #warroomsessions”, said the Facebook posting by Fuzati, conveying something of a mixture of giddy excitement and determination.

The photo below the message showed an unkempt room in a Georgian house, complete with Adams-style fireplace, a fine plaster ceiling and a pair of large, closed double doors leading into another room.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/referendum-advertising-rules-hit-strategies-for-final-fortnight-1.3492141

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Ireland – Abortion legislation: the really contentious bits

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Abortion legislation: the really contentious bits
The most contested sections of the proposed abortion legislation and what campaigners say about them

May 12, 2018
Sarah Bardon

The referendum on May 25th will ask people their views on whether the Eighth Amendment should remain in the Constitution, or whether it should be removed to allow for the “regulation of the termination of pregnancy”.

At present, Article 40.3.3. – introduced by the Eighth Amendment in 1983 – gives the unborn and the mother an equal right to life.

The Referendum Commission has stressed this is the decision people will be asked to make. However, much of the debate during the campaign has focused on the legislation that may follow a repeal vote.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/abortion-legislation-the-really-contentious-bits-1.3490740

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Ireland – On abortion we are subjects of Brexit Britain

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Fintan O'Toole: On abortion we are subjects of Brexit Britain
Anti-abortionists depend on pagan England to uphold their vision of a holy Ireland

May 12, 2018
Fintan O'Toole

Independence means having your own state. But it is also a state of mind. There has been an independent Irish State for nearly a century, but whether Ireland has ever been psychologically independent is a whole other matter. It is a question, as it happens, that hovers over two of the biggest issues currently occupying Irish minds: Brexit and the abortion referendum. They may seem to be miles apart but underlying both is the extent to which Ireland is ready to be psychologically independent from Britain.

If we leave aside the existential questions of partition and Irish unity, abortion is arguably the last great remnant of post-colonial dependency. Where once the failure of Irish independence was symbolised by the emigrant crossing the Irish Sea on a cattle boat to get a job, now it is symbolised by the Irish woman crossing the Irish Sea on a Ryanair flight to terminate a pregnancy. When it comes to abortion, both those who want it and those who purport to despise it thank God for Mother England. Women depend on England to uphold their right to choose. Anti-abortionists depend on England to uphold their vision of a holy Catholic Ireland where such abominations are not permitted.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/fintan-o-toole-on-abortion-we-are-subjects-of-brexit-britain-1.3490655

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Ireland – Abortion: Over 1,000 doctors call for Yes vote in referendum

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Abortion: Over 1,000 doctors call for Yes vote in referendum
‘This is not a vote of Yes or No . . . it’s whether we want to make healthcare safe and regulated’

May 12, 2018
Sorcha Pollak

More than one thousand doctors from across Ireland have called for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment, saying repeal will make healthcare “safe and regulated” for Irish women.

The coalition of doctors gathered in Dublin on Saturday to sign a public declaration of their support of a repeal of the Eighth Amendment which will be held on May 25th.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/abortion-over-1-000-doctors-call-for-yes-vote-in-referendum-1.3493355

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Repeal the Global Gag Rule

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Repeal the Global Gag Rule

On May 12, 2018
By Sola Ogundipe

During his official working visit to the White House in April, President Mohammadu Buhari’s conversation with the US President Donald Trump centred mainly on the economy, security and anti-corruption, but focused less on health issues.
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He acknowledged that the US, through the UN has supported Nigeria’s health, food assistance and shelter among others. However, the Nigerian president missed a great opportunity to tackle the American president on one of his most controversial policies— “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance,” commonly referred to as the Global Gag Rule (GGR).

Continued: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/05/repeal-global-gag-rule/

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Ireland’s Catholic traditions tested as abortion referendum looms

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Ireland's Catholic traditions tested as abortion referendum looms
Abortion remains such a taboo in Ireland that it's rare for women to speak openly about it. A public admission could result in a 14-year prison sentence.

by Saphora Smith and Ziad Jaber
May.12.2018

DUBLIN — Rita Harrold's decision to end her pregnancy turned her into a criminal in the eyes of the law.

More than four decades after being legalized in the U.S., abortion remains illegal in almost all cases in the Irish Republic.

Five years ago, Harrold took abortion pills that had been smuggled into the country.

Continued: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ireland-s-catholic-traditions-tested-abortion-referendum-looms-n857671

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Ireland – Una Mullally: What was No side up to online that was so crucial?

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Una Mullally: What was No side up to online that was so crucial?
Reaction to Facebook and Google referendum ad ban is tactic straight out of Trump playbook

May 11, 2018
Una Mullally

The issue of dubious online campaigning, which for so long was flagged by observers in the run up to the abortion referendum, snapped into focus this week.

While legislators had plenty of time since 2016 to tackle the potential impact of online campaigning or online interference in our democratic process, the digital space remained unregulated as the referendum campaign kicked off.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/una-mullally-what-was-no-side-up-to-online-that-was-so-crucial-1.3491739

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USA – The domestic gag rule on abortion, explained

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The domestic gag rule on abortion, explained
Anna North
May 11, 2018

Trump is reportedly weighing a rule that would ban some doctors from even talking about abortion.

The Trump administration last year reinstated — and expanded — a rule from performing abortions or even discussing abortion with their patients. Often called the Global Gag Rule, it’s led to clinic closures and reductions in crucial services around the world. And now it might be coming to the United States.

The White House is reportedly considering a domestic gag rule that would essentially apply the restrictions of the global rule to providers that receive federal Title X funds, which help low-income patients get services like contraceptive counseling and testing for sexually transmitted infections. Such a rule would force Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health providers to either stop discussing abortions with their patients or stop receiving Title X money.

continued: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/the-domestic-gag-rule-on-abortion-explained/ar-AAx72OD

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Germany’s medical system sidelines abortion

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Germany's medical system sidelines abortion
Abortion doctors can be hard to find in Germany. In some cities there are none, and their number appears to be declining, while medical schools often fail to teach the procedure so crucial to women. Papayas help a bit.

Date 11.05.2018
Author Nancy Isenson

Around 101,200 abortions were performed in Germany in 2017, or 277 each day. It's not exactly a rare procedure. Which is why future doctor Alicia Baier was disturbed to find that abortion played virtually no role in her studies at Berlin's Charité university medical school.

"In six years of studies, in which we learn many details that we will not need later, we learn almost nothing about such an important intervention," she says.

Continued: http://www.dw.com/en/germanys-medical-system-sidelines-abortion/a-43702057

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Belgium again debates removal of abortion from the Penal Code

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Belgium again debates removal of abortion from the Penal Code

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
May 11, 2018

On 20 July 2016 we reported that a member of the Ecolo (Green) Party in Belgium had tabled a bill to remove abortion from the Penal Code so that it was no longer regarded as a criminal offence, and that this was not the first attempt to do so.

On 21 March 2017, we reported that there had been a rush of media stories announcing a campaign in Belgium that was variously calling for modernisation of the abortion law, decriminalisation of abortion, and complete removal of abortion from the Penal Code. And that there was a strong majority in support in the country. The necessity for some Belgian women to travel to other countries in Europe for second trimester abortion was especially condemned. Unfortunately, nothing happened.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/belgium-belgium-again-debates-removal-of-abortion-from-the-penal-code/

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Ireland – We knew our baby would die. Continuing the pregnancy helped us heal

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We knew our baby would die. Continuing the pregnancy helped us heal
‘This was our path, but I do not judge others who choose differently’

May 10, 2018
Gerrie O' Grady Finn

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 (women and men) to share their personal experiences. This is one of the stories we received. To submit yours, click here.

“I know the baby in my womb will die. It will die as soon as it leaves my womb or shortly afterwards.” On October 2nd 2010, I started a pregnancy diary. This was my first entry.

At a routine 20-week pregnancy scan, my consultant bluntly told me that our second child had anencephaly, and would not survive beyond birth. I was distraught and overwhelmed.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/we-knew-our-baby-would-die-continuing-the-pregnancy-helped-us-heal-1.3491013

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Ireland – Abortion vote: College campuses emerge as key battlegrounds

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Abortion vote: College campuses emerge as key battlegrounds
Students may play significant role in determining outcome of hard-fought referendum

May 10, 2018
Carl O'Brien

As early as last January, when Government strategists began planning the timing of the abortion referendum, a single date stood out: May 25th.

“It was the only available window to ensure as many students as possible would be able to vote,” says a political source. “The following Friday was a bank holiday weekend; any later meant thousands of students would have been abroad on J1 visas.”

continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/abortion-vote-college-campuses-emerge-as-key-battlegrounds-1.3490834

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Ireland – Facebook will not extend ban to all ads relating to referendum

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Facebook will not extend ban to all ads relating to referendum
Social media giant will not follow Google’s lead with wider ban; Twitter says it has not seen any attempts to manipulate platform for purposes of referendum

May 10, 2018
Pat Leahy, Sarah Bardon, Ciara O'Brien

Facebook has said that it does not intend to follow the lead of Google and ban all ads relating to the abortion referendum.

Responding to questions from The Irish Times yesterday, a Facebook spokesman said “at the moment Facebook is not considering extending the ban on foreign ads”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/facebook-will-not-extend-ban-to-all-ads-relating-to-referendum-1.3491114

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Ireland- Google abortion poll advertising ban ‘outrageous’

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Google abortion poll advertising ban 'outrageous'

By Christina McSorley, BBC News NI
10 May 2018

Google's decision to ban advertisements related to the upcoming abortion referendum in the Republic of Ireland has been criticised by pro-life campaigners.

The internet giant announced on Wednesday they will "pause all ads" following their recent update on election honesty.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44067607

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Repeal the Eighth: Ireland to vote on abortion

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Repeal the Eighth: Ireland to vote on abortion
Voters to take part in a referendum later this month to decide whether or not to liberalise abortion laws.

by Barbara McCarthy
May 10, 2018

People across Ireland take to the polls on May 25 to vote in a highly anticipated referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

First voted into the Irish Constitution in 1983, the Eighth Amendment recognises the right to life of the unborn child, effectively placing a ban on abortion.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/repeal-eighth-ireland-vote-abortion-180508075317347.html

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USA – Why the Battle for Reproductive Rights Is Never Over

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Why the Battle for Reproductive Rights Is Never Over
New abortion restrictions mock Roe v. Wade with an oddly ironic effect

By David S. Cohen
May 10, 2018

If you've been following the news surrounding reproductive rights recently, you'd be forgiven for asking yourself whether we're living in a world where Roe v. Wade was never decided. In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot make abortion illegal before viability – back then this meant about 28 weeks into pregnancy, now it's about 24 weeks. And yet, in March, Mississippi passed a law banning abortion after 15 weeks. Last week, Iowa one-upped the Magnolia State, passing a law banning abortion after just six weeks. And South Carolina nearly topped both of them, coming close to passing a law banning all abortions except in the case of life threat, rape or incest. The only thing that stopped that law was a rarely successful Democratic filibuster that pushed the legislature too close to the end of its calendar. In other words, if the law had been considered earlier in the year, the state could have banned almost all abortions.

continued: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/abortion-laws-by-state-w520139

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Ireland – Google ad ban delivers major blow to No campaign

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Google ad ban delivers major blow to No campaign
Surprise move deprives anti-abortion campaigners of key strategic element
May 10, 2018
Pat Leahy

Google’s decision to ban all ads related to the abortion referendum has been welcomed by repeal campaigners but sharply criticised by the No campaign, which called the move “scandalous” and “an attempt to rig the referendum”.

Google’s surprise move to ban all ads comes a day after Facebook said it would ban all online ads about the referendum from foreign sources. The Google decision goes much further, and deprives anti-abortion campaigners of a key element of their strategy for the final two weeks of the campaign.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/google-ad-ban-delivers-major-blow-to-no-campaign-1.3489623

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Ireland – Facebook’s ban on ads reflect nerves of repeal supporters

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Facebook’s ban on ads reflect nerves of repeal supporters
Polls on abortion broadly unchanged but No side is running effective online campaign

May 9, 2018
Pat Leahy

The move by Facebook to no longer accept foreign advertisements relating to the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment will come as welcome news to some on the Yes side of the campaign.

There has been rising concern among some pro-repeal groups and supporters that the referendum could be swayed in its decisive weeks towards a No vote by an avalanche of online ads.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/facebook-s-ban-on-ads-reflect-nerves-of-repeal-supporters-1.3488466

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Zimbabwe – As teenagers die, Zim lawmakers call for abortion reform

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As teenagers die, Zim lawmakers call for abortion reform

Wednesday 9 May 2018

BULAWAYO - When her 15-year-old daughter fell pregnant last year, Irene Ndlovu secretly arranged for an abortion before the pregnancy became visible so that she could continue with her education.

Abortions are only allowed in Zimbabwe if a woman's life is in danger, if there is a risk that the child will be "seriously handicapped" or if the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest. Those who break the law can be jailed for five years.

Continued: http://www.enca.com/africa/as-teenagers-die-zim-lawmakers-call-for-abortion-reform

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The British territory with Europe’s harshest abortion laws

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The British territory with Europe's harshest abortion laws

By John Owen
9 May 2018

The tiny British territory of Gibraltar has the harshest anti-abortion laws anywhere in Europe - the penalty for breaching the law is life imprisonment. But with Brexit looming and the Irish abortion referendum just weeks away, campaigners are hoping for change.

Gibraltar's residents, who live on a two-mile strip of land at the tip of Spain, are British citizens, and many feel a deep affinity with the UK.

But in one respect they are very different.

continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44008790

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USA – Why Abortion Access Organizations Are Suing Anti-Choice Internet Trolls

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Why Abortion Access Organizations Are Suing Anti-Choice Internet Trolls

Melanie Ehrenkranz
May 9, 2018

For grassroots pro-choice organizations, visibility is a double-edged sword. This was especially clear during the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon cyberattack two years ago. For the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), which led the event, more visibility meant the potential to raise more money to help those in need of abortion access. It also made them a target of vitriolic anti-choice trolls.

During the 2016 Bowl-a-Thon, trolls pledged $66 billion in fraudulent donations, took down the fundraiser website with a DDoS attack, and created fake donor pages to phish for supporters’ personal information. Fake fundraising accounts included names like “qwerty,” “adolph hitler,” and “holifuk.” Forensics reports also indicate that ahead of the cyberattack, hackers placed malicious code on the fundraising website which allowed them to gather donors’ personal information and credit card details from a payment page, according to a complaint filed by NNAF.

continued: https://gizmodo.com/why-abortion-access-organizations-are-suing-anti-choice-1825514431

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Google bans Irish abortion referendum adverts

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Google bans Irish abortion referendum adverts
Decision two weeks before polling day comes amid fears that overseas organisations are targeting voters

Jim Waterson, Media editor
Wed 9 May 2018

Google has banned all adverts relating to the Irish abortion referendum from its platform, amid fears of overseas organisations taking advantage of loopholes in campaign funding laws to target voters before polling day.

The decision will mean an end to advertisements relating to the referendum appearing alongside Google results and on YouTube during the final fortnight of the campaign.

continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/09/google-bans-irish-abortion-referendum-adverts

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Trump’s GGR: Nigeria Becoming Unsafe To Live And Procreate

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Trump’s GGR: Nigeria Becoming Unsafe To Live And Procreate

By Chioma Umeha
May 9, 2018

“It was a Monday. I started working early; I cleaned my salon and washed all the towels. When I finished I went to Randle Health Centre and picked up two pregnancy tests.

“I honestly didn’t think I was pregnant, but wanted to put my mind at ease. I remember seeing the two lines show up and I burst into tears. This couldn’t be happening. Quickly, I visited my childhood friend, Adegoke at Apapa Road, Ebute Metta. She accompanied me to another Lab, close to Oyibo Market. There, I took another one. Positive! I was pregnant.”

Continued: https://independent.ng/trumps-ggr-nigeria-becoming-unsafe-to-live-and-procreate/

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Accelerate progress—sexual and reproductive health and rights for all: report of the Guttmacher–Lancet Commission

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Accelerate progress—sexual and reproductive health and rights for all: report of the Guttmacher–Lancet Commission
Published: May 9, 2018
Executive Summary

Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are essential for sustainable development because of their links to gender equality and women’s wellbeing, their impact on maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health, and their roles in shaping future economic development and environmental sustainability. Yet progress towards fulfilling SRHR for all has been stymied because of weak political commitment, inadequate resources, persistent discrimination against women and girls, and an unwillingness to address issues related to sexuality openly and comprehensively. As a result, almost all of the 4·3 billion people of reproductive age worldwide will have inadequate sexual and reproductive health services over the course of their lives.

To address this unfinished agenda, this 2018 Guttmacher–Lancet Commission proposes a new, comprehensive definition of sexual and reproductive health and rights, an associated essential package of health services, and outlines actions needed beyond the health sector to change social norms, laws, and policies to uphold human rights. Not only are the necessary investments modest and affordable for most low-income and middle-income countries, the benefits of investing in sexual and reproductive health services pay dividends over many years, making it easier to achieve other development goals.

Continued: https://www.thelancet.com/commissions/sexual-and-reproductive-health-and-rights

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Harris calls for condemnation of ‘disgusting’ graphic abortion posters

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Harris calls for condemnation of ‘disgusting’ graphic abortion posters
Posters depicting Minister’s face alongside aborted foetus erected near his Wicklow home

May 9, 2018
Simon Carswell

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he regrets the fact all sides in the abortion referendum campaign have not condemned graphic posters showing his face alongside what appears to be an aborted foetus.

During an appearance at the Oireachtas health committee, Mr Harris condemned the posters featuring his face on what looks like a Fine Gael election poster that were put up in his Wicklow constituency and near his family home as “a very low blow and kind of disgusting.”

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/harris-calls-for-condemnation-of-disgusting-graphic-abortion-posters-1.3489098

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Fact Check: Is repeal necessary for abortions in fatal foetal cases?

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Fact Check: Is repeal necessary for abortions in fatal foetal cases?
Together for Yes claims Constitutional change needed for FFA abortion law

May 9, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

Question:
Is removing the Eighth Amendment necessary before legislation can be introduced to allow abortions in cases of fatal foetal abnormality (FFA)?
Who is making the claim?

The claim is made by the Together for Yes campaign group, which is advocating for a Yes vote in the forthcoming referendum.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/fact-check-is-repeal-necessary-for-abortions-in-fatal-foetal-cases-1.3489530

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Fianna Fáil leader criticises ‘offensive’ anti-abortion claims

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Fianna Fáil leader criticises ‘offensive’ anti-abortion claims
Micheál Martin says Eighth Amendment ‘cruelly insensitive’ to women of Ireland

May 9, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has criticised “dishonest and offensive” campaigning by some anti-abortion groups, claiming they are deliberately spreading inaccuracies about what a Yes vote in the May 25th referendum will mean.

Mr Martin rejected the suggestion that repealing the Eighth Amendment would lead to unlimited abortions or late-term terminations.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/fianna-f%C3%A1il-leader-criticises-offensive-anti-abortion-claims-1.3489596

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Abortion in South Africa: A reporting guide for journalists

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Abortion in South Africa: A reporting guide for journalists

08 May 2018
Bhekisisa team

Bhekisisa's new manual provides handy information on abortion data in South Africa, how procedures work and what the law says.

Abortion has been legal in South Africa for decades. Until 1997, however, access to termination of pregnancy services was extremely limited and largely confined to white women.

continued: http://bhekisisa.org/article/2018-05-08-00-abortion-in-south-africa-a-reporting-guide-for-journalists-media-1

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Irish women open up about abortion ahead of referendum

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Irish women open up about abortion ahead of referendum

May 8, 2018
Emily G Roe

DUBLIN (Reuters) - When posters with the words ‘License To Kill’ were put up in her neighborhood in advance of Ireland’s referendum on abortion, Amy Callahan decided to share the story of traveling to Britain to terminate her pregnancy.

Callahan, 35, and her partner Connor Upton were told 12 weeks into her pregnancy that the fetus had anencephaly, a rare condition that prevents the normal development of the brain. It meant the baby, who would have been their second child, would most likely die in utero or live for a matter of minutes.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ireland-abortion/irish-women-open-up-about-abortion-ahead-of-referendum-idUSKBN1IA0G3

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Facebook stops accepting foreign-funded ads about Ireland’s abortion vote

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Facebook stops accepting foreign-funded ads about Ireland’s abortion vote

Natasha Lomas
May 8, 2018

Facebook has announced it has stopped accepting ads paid for by foreign entities that are related to a referendum vote in Ireland later this month, saying it’s acting to try to prevent outsiders from attempting to skew the vote. The referendum will decide whether to repeal or retain Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion.

“Concerns have been raised about organisations and individuals based outside of Ireland trying to influence the outcome of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of Ireland by buying ads on Facebook. This is an issue we have been thinking about for some time,” the company writes today on its Dublin blog.

Continued: https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/08/facebook-stops-accepting-foreign-funded-ads-about-irelands-abortion-vote/

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Ireland – Churches’ stance against abortion is ‘virtue signalling’

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Churches’ stance against abortion is ‘virtue signalling’
The Eighth Amendment is morally repugnant and places women in dire situations

May 8, 2018
Fergus O'Ferrall

Many church leaders have chosen to oppose abortion in Ireland by defending the retention of article 40.3.3 in the Irish Constitution.

This is a morally defective stance, if the aim is to mitigate the relatively high rate of abortion in Ireland.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/churches-stance-against-abortion-is-virtue-signalling-1.3486855

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Ireland – Simon Harris criticises ‘obscene’ abortion posters using his photograph

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Simon Harris criticises ‘obscene’ abortion posters using his photograph
Posters contain picture of Minister for Health, Fine Gael logo and graphic imagery

May 8, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter, Elaine Edwards

Minister for Health Simon Harris has described the graphic abortion-related imagery posted in his Wicklow constituency as “obscene, horrific and unethical”.

The poster campaign features a picture of Mr Harris on what looks like a Fine Gael election poster. Behind the Minister, there is an image of what appears to be an aborted foetus.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/simon-harris-criticises-obscene-abortion-posters-using-his-photograph-1.3487839

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Insertion of Eighth ‘catastrophic mistake’ says former minister

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Insertion of Eighth ‘catastrophic mistake’ says former minister
Gemma Hussey and Liz McManus among ‘Grandparents for Repeal’ advocating for Yes

May 8, 2018
Elaine Edwards

The insertion of the Eighth Amendment into the Constitution was a “catastrophic mistake” and has caused “endless suffering and heartache”, a former Fine Gael minister has said.

Gemma Hussey, who was minister for education when the amendment was introduced after a referendum in 1983, was among the speakers at the launch of the Grandparents for Repeal campaign on Tuesday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/insertion-of-eighth-catastrophic-mistake-says-former-minister-1.3488005

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Facebook bans foreign ads for Eighth Amendment referendum

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Facebook bans foreign ads for Eighth Amendment referendum
Social media group says move is designed protect the ’integrity’ of elections and referendums from ’undue influence’

May 8, 2018
Ciara O'Brien

Facebook will no longer accept foreign advertisements relating to the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment. The ban will apply to ads that have been paid for by organisations outside Ireland.

The move, which came into force on Tuesday, comes amid concerns that organisations and individuals based outside the country would try to influence the outcome of the referendum through Facebook ad campaigns.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/facebook-bans-foreign-ads-for-eighth-amendment-referendum-1.3487895

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Ireland – Fact check: Will abortion be legalised up to the sixth month of pregnancy?

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Fact check: Will abortion be legalised up to the sixth month of pregnancy?
Save the 8th campaign has claimed abortion will be legalised up to six months

May 8, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

Question: Will abortion be legalised up to the sixth month of pregnancy?

Who is making the claim?

Save the 8th campaign: “I had no idea they wanted to legalise abortion up to six months.” (Poster assertion)

On what are they basing their claims?

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/fact-check-will-abortion-be-legalised-up-to-the-sixth-month-of-pregnancy-1.3488418

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Ireland – Abortion referendum: last minute rush to register to vote

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Abortion referendum: last minute rush to register to vote
Garda stations and local authorities dealt with requests from would-be voters until 5pm

May 8, 2018
Barry Roche, Olivia Kelly, Conor Gallagher

Local authorities reported a last minute rush on Tuesday of people seeking to register to vote in the May 25th referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

Garda stations and local authorities dealt with requests from would-be voters up to the 5pm deadline. The exact numbers who have registered will not be available until later this week.

continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/abortion-referendum-last-minute-rush-to-register-to-vote-1.3488501

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Exporting Censorship: How U.S. Restrictions on Abortion Speech and Funding Violate International Law, Part 2

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Exporting Censorship: How U.S. Restrictions on Abortion Speech and Funding Violate International Law, Part 2
May 7, 2018
Akila Radhakrishnan & Kristin Smith

Part 2: The Global Gag Rule and Freedom of Association

This is the second of a two-part post illustrating how U.S. abortion restrictions violate the ICCPR’s requirements for lawful restrictions on the freedom of speech and association, which is examined in more detail in the Global Justice Center’s recent brief. Although the Helms and Siljander Amendments (discussed in Part 1) also violate the freedom of association in various ways, this post focuses on the Global Gag Rule and its unique effects on the freedom of association.

Continued: https://ilg2.org/2018/05/07/exporting-censorship-how-u-s-restrictions-on-abortion-speech-and-funding-violate-international-law-part-2/

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Exporting Censorship: How U.S. Restrictions on Abortion Speech and Funding Violate International Law, Part 1

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Exporting Censorship: How U.S. Restrictions on Abortion Speech and Funding Violate International Law, Part 1
May 7, 2018
Akila Radhakrishnan & Kristin Smith

Part 1: The Helms Amendment and Freedom of Speech

This is the first of a two-part post exploring how U.S. restrictions on abortion-related speech, activities, and funding violate U.S. human rights obligations under the ICCPR. Although much attention is rightfully paid to the devastating impact of the reimposed Global Gag Rule, the Helms and Siljander Amendments (which have been permanently in place since the 1970s) often command less consideration. These restrictions are discussed separately here in order to illustrate their unique effects on freedoms of speech and association. However, Helms, Siljander and the Global Gag Rule all fall short of the ICCPR’s requirements and therefore violate freedoms of speech and association in complex ways, as examined in more detail in the Global Justice Center’s recent brief. This post explores how the Helms and Siljander Amendments fail to meet the ICCPR’s standards for lawful restrictions on the freedom of speech. Part Two will focus on the Global Gag Rule and its violation of the freedom of association.

Continued: https://ilg2.org/2018/05/07/exporting-censorship-how-u-s-restrictions-on-abortion-speech-and-funding-violate-international-law-part-1/

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Malawi: Gynaecologist Sheds Light On Abortion Law Reform in Malawi

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Malawi: Gynaecologist Sheds Light On Abortion Law Reform in Malawi

By Dr Chisali Mhango
May 7, 2018

Renowned Malawian gynaecologist Dr Chisali Mhango sheds light on abortion law history, misconceptions, fears and law reform process in Malawi.

Abortion is a very common universal phenomenon. Since the beginning of recorded history women the world over have terminated unwanted pregnancies. The first recorded evidence of an induced abortion is found in an Egyptian Papyrus dated 1550 BC. Of 213 million pregnancies that occur each year worldwide, 40% are unplanned, of these half end in abortion, and half of those abortions are unsafe, that is 22 million,

Continued: http://allafrica.com/stories/201805070813.html

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