Closer look at poll figures makes clear Eighth will be repealed

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Closer look at poll figures makes clear Eighth will be repealed
When undecided voters taken out of reckoning ‘Yes’ side has significant advantage

April 20, 2018
Pat Leahy

The abortion referendum will not be decided until this day five weeks, May 25th, when voters go to the polling stations to cast their votes on the future of the Eighth Amendment.

A lot of campaigning has yet to come. But unless something very substantial changes in the campaign over the coming weeks, the proposal to repeal the amendment, and liberalise Ireland’s abortion laws, will be passed.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/closer-look-at-poll-figures-makes-clear-eighth-will-be-repealed-1.3467464

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Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll: Nothing can be taken for granted

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Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll: Nothing can be taken for granted
A successful campaign for the repeal movement will take not just commitment to stay the course for the next five weeks, but discipline and realism

April 20, 2018

The findings of today’s latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll will come as welcome reassurance to those who wish to see a change in Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws. However, they should take nothing for granted. There are five weeks from today until polling day in the referendum. It will be an intense and hard-fought campaign.

Today’s findings, however, suggest that the repeal campaign is in the driving seat. Just under half - 47 per cent - of all voters now say they will vote in favour of removing the constitutional ban on abortion, while 28 per cent say they will vote against the measure.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/irish-times-ipsos-mrbi-poll-nothing-can-be-taken-for-granted-1.3467487

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USA – State Department strikes reproductive rights, ‘Occupied Territories’ from human rights report

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State Department strikes reproductive rights, ‘Occupied Territories’ from human rights report

by Carol Morello
April 20, 2018

The State Department’s annual human rights report released Friday drops references to reproductive rights for women and stops using the phrase “Occupied Territories” to describe Israel’s presence in Gaza and the West Bank.

The report, which covers 2017, focuses less on societal attitudes and discrimination than in previous years and more on governmental actions that encourage or reward violence and bigotry. It is the first human rights report to reflect the Trump administration’s views and priorities.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/state-department-strikes-reproductive-rights-occupied-territories-from-annual-report/2018/04/20/46ef0874-44a6-11e8-ad8f-27a8c409298b_story.html

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UK – Without At-Home Abortion Pills, Women Risk Miscarrying In Public

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Without At-Home Abortion Pills, Women Risk Miscarrying In Public
Wales announced plans to follow Scotland and allow women to take the second abortion pill at home - when will the rest of the UK join?

19/04/2018
By Rachel Moss

Beth Redmond, 25, from Merseyside, was in her first year of university when she became pregnant and decided to have an abortion. Miles from home, with no close friends and family nearby, she was forced to pay someone from her course, whom she barely knew, £20 to drive her the 45-minute journey to the abortion clinic, because her doctor had advised her against taking public transport.

As soon as Beth left the clinic her miscarriage symptoms began, she experienced pain and heavy bleeding. “It was like period pain but 10 times worse, and with the added anxiety of being in a near stranger’s car, for 45 minutes,” she tells HuffPost UK. “I crawled from the car to my room and stayed there for a couple of days.”

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/women-are-risking-miscarrying-in-public-because-at-home-abortion-pills-are-illegal_uk_5ad7059ce4b0e4d0715b7bf0

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Ireland – Campaigners warn time is running out to register for abortion vote

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Campaigners warn time is running out to register for abortion vote
Together for Yes says young people have a "critical role" to play in the vote

19 Apr 2018
Michael Staines

Campaigners have launched a new drive calling on people to make sure they are registered to vote in the upcoming abortion referendum.

The 'Together for Yes' group is highlighting the "critical role" young people have to play in the campaign.

The group said there are some 466,000 people between the ages of 18-25 who are eligible to vote in Ireland - provided they are registered before the deadline on May 8th.

Continued: https://www.newstalk.com/Campaigners-warn-time-is-running-out-to-register-for-abortion-vote

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Ireland – Lawyer groups launch campaigns on both sides of abortion debate

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Lawyer groups launch campaigns on both sides of abortion debate
Both sides are highlighting the legal effect of the Eighth Amendment

19 Apr 2018
Michael Staines

Two separate groups from the legal profession are launching campaigns advocating for both sides in the upcoming abortion referendum.

One group, which includes practicing barristers and solicitors along with former Judges, launched a statement in favour of a 'No' vote this afternoon.

Continued: https://www.newstalk.com/Lawyer-groups-launch-campaigns-on-both-sides-of-abortion-debate-

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‘Irish Times’ poll: Clear shift in attitude to abortion since 2013

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‘Irish Times’ poll: Clear shift in attitude to abortion since 2013
Survey suggests majority will vote ‘Yes’ but making predictions is fraught with risk

April 19, 2018
Damian Loscher

Today’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll provides an early indication of public opinion and voting intentions in the forthcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

Albeit early in the campaign, a significant majority of those declaring their intentions are in favour of repeal – 63 per cent Yes, compared with 37 per cent No when unlikely and undecided voters are excluded.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/irish-times-poll-clear-shift-in-attitude-to-abortion-since-2013-1.3467547

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Belfast student loses bid to vote in abortion referendum

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Belfast student loses bid to vote in abortion referendum
Roisin Morelli argued she should be entitled to vote because of her Irish citizenship

April 19, 2018
Tim Healy

A Belfast student who claimed she should be entitled to vote in the Eighth Amendment repeal referendum because of her Irish citizenship has lost her application to bring a High Court challenge over the matter.

Roisin Morelli (26), who is studying for a Masters in Translational Medicine at Queens University, wanted to bring a judicial review claiming a refusal to grant her a vote was contrary to the Constitution, the Belfast Agreement and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/belfast-student-loses-bid-to-vote-in-abortion-referendum-1.3468268

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Zimbabwe Network Learning Discussion on Unsafe Abortion

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FEATURE: ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe Network Learning Discussion on Unsafe Abortion

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
April 19, 2018

Thabisani Ncube, Sex Rights Africa Network Coordinator, AIDS Foundation of South Africa writes:

We carried out a Network Learning Discussion on 26 March 2018 in Harare, Zimbabwe, that brought quite a number of civil society organisations (CSOs) with different capacities and operational fields who also work around ending unsafe abortion. We realised there was need for a space for CSOs working in the area to consolidate their efforts around understanding the legal framework and spaces for engaging duty bearers and policy makers. We are still going to follow up on the issue as we left it unresolved as to whether we should go for a model law on ending unsafe abortion or a call to action or even both, following up on the African Union campaign to decriminalise abortion. This is a report from that discussion meeting, which includes text from some of the documents shared there.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/feature-zimbabwe-zimbabwe-network-learning-discussion-on-unsafe-abortion/

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French High Council for Equality between Women and Men recommends a constitutional right to access contraception and abortion

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FRANCE: STOP PRESS – French High Council for Equality between Women and Men recommends a constitutional right to access contraception and abortion

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
April 19, 2018

The French Haut Conseil à l’Egalité entre les Femmes et les Hommes (High Council on Equality between Women and Men) is an independent, national consultative body charged with the protection of the rights of women and the promotion of equality between the sexes. It was created in 2013 and is composed of 72 members representing the diversity of individuals who support gender equality. Their remit is to share their expertise with the public authorities, involve French society in their consultative work, assess public policies, formulate recommendations, and encourage public debate.

The Council has published a call for the revision and modernisation of the Constitution of the French Republic to guarantee equality between women and men. Among its recommendations are the constitutional right to access contraception and abortion.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/france-stop-press-french-high-council-for-equality-between-women-and-men-recommends-a-constitutional-right-to-access-contraception-and-abortion/

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