Ireland: Micheál Martin’s abortion stance a response to strong mood for change

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Micheál Martin’s abortion stance a response to strong mood for change
The promise of change, renewal, reform is a very powerful political trope

Jan 20, 2018
Pat Leahy

When the referendum on same-sex marriage was passed in 2015, the world marvelled at how Ireland had changed. Once a byword for austere Catholic conservatism, suddenly we had become the first country in the world to endorse marriage equality in a popular vote. Truth to tell, we were probably surprised ourselves.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/miche%C3%A1l-martin-s-abortion-stance-a-response-to-strong-mood-for-change-1.3361479

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Ireland: Martin: Evidence to abortion committee prompted change of mind

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Martin: Evidence to abortion committee prompted change of mind
Fianna Fáil leader says matter is deeply personal and not a party political issue

Jan 19, 2018
Pat Leahy, Vivienne Clarke, Fiach Kelly

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says he changed his stance on abortion having evaluated the evidence from the Oireachtas Committee on the Eight Amendment.

Fianna Fáil TDs were stunned on Thursday evening by the unexpected declaration by Mr Martin that he would vote for the proposal to legalise abortion on request in the early months of pregnancy.

The announcement earned him plaudits from repeal campaigners but shocked some members of his party.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/martin-evidence-to-abortion-committee-prompted-change-of-mind-1.3361247

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Australia: Women shouldn’t have to travel interstate for abortions, doctor says

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Women shouldn't have to travel interstate for abortions, doctor says
Tasmanian gynaecologist says other states should learn from problems arising when private surgical abortion clinics close

Melissa Davey
Fri 19 Jan 2018

Women who need surgical abortions between nine and 14 weeks of pregnancy will be left in the lurch throughout Australia unless state and territory governments learn from Tasmania and start preparing for the closure of private abortion providers, gynaecologist Dr Paul Hyland says.

Hyland has been Tasmania’s primary surgical abortion provider for 17 years, but was recently forced to close his Hobart clinic, the only provider of surgical abortions to women in the state. While public hospitals also carry out surgical abortions, these are not routine, and are usually reserved for women in later stages of pregnancy who are experiencing life-threatening and emergency complications.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/20/women-shouldnt-have-to-travel-interstate-for-abortions-doctor-says

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Irish minister reveals 26 county abortion figures

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Irish minister reveals 26 county abortion figures
Jan 18, 2018

The Irish health minister has said 3,265 women travelled from the Republic of Ireland to the UK for abortions in 2016.

Simon Harris provided a county breakdown of the figures during a debate on the 8th amendment.

Based on his figures County Dublin saw the most women (1,175) make the journey, while County Monaghan had the least with only 15.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42731177

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USA – Over 200 state legislators announce their commitment to advance abortion rights and reproductive justice in state capitals

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USA – Over 200 state legislators announce their commitment to advance abortion rights and reproductive justice in state capitals

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

Just a few days before the 45th anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) announced the launch of the Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council, a national network of US state legislators committed to leadership on reproductive rights.

State capitals have been central to the fight over reproductive freedom in recent years, and now, over 200 state legislators from 40 of the US’s 50 states have joined the Council and committed to promoting and protecting abortion rights in state legislatures.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/usa-over-200-state-legislators-announce-their-commitment-to-advance-abortion-rights-and-reproductive-justice-in-state-capitals/

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Taking Stock of Year One of the Trump Administration’s Harmful Agenda Against Reproductive Health and Rights

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Taking Stock of Year One of the Trump Administration’s Harmful Agenda Against Reproductive Health and Rights
Jan 18, 2018
Kinsey Hasstedt & Heather Boonstra

From limiting abortion access to destabilizing the family planning safety net, Trump and social conservatives did considerable harm while also signaling their intentions for further attacks in the years ahead.

Throughout President Trump’s first year in office, social conservatives in the administration and Congress mounted an all-out assault on people’s ability to obtain comprehensive reproductive health care in the United States and abroad. Despite coming up short in many respects, policymakers did considerable harm while also signaling their intentions for further attacks in the years ahead.

Continued at source: https://rewire.news/article/2018/01/18/taking-stock-year-one-trump-administrations-harmful-agenda-reproductive-health-rights/

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Abortion debate: Ireland’s most Catholic times were its ‘least Christian’

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Abortion debate: Ireland’s most Catholic times were its ‘least Christian’
Minister of State opposes ‘purposeful destruction’ of a viable pregnancy

Jan 18, 2018
Michael O'Regan, Marie O'Halloran

Ireland was at its least Christian point during its most Catholic years, Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell has told the Dáil debate on abortion.

Ms O’Connell, who supports the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees the equal right to life of the unborn, said the position of the Catholic Church had been sewn into the Constitution in 1937, two years after the sale, advertising and importation of contraceptives was banned.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/abortion-debate-ireland-s-most-catholic-times-were-its-least-christian-1.3360353

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USA: Health Workers Who Oppose Abortion Get New Protections

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Health Workers Who Oppose Abortion Get New Protections
By ROBERT PEAR
JAN. 18, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Thursday that it was taking new steps to protect doctors, nurses and other health workers who have religious or moral objections to performing abortions or sex-change operations, or providing other medical services.

The move, one day before the annual March for Life in Washington, was a priority for anti-abortion groups.

Administration officials urged people to report discrimination to a new unit of the federal government: the conscience and religious freedom division of the office for civil rights at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/us/health-care-office-abortion-contraception.html

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Poland abortion ban: Thousands of women take to streets across country to demand reproductive rights

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Poland abortion ban: Thousands of women take to streets across country to demand reproductive rights
Wave of demonstrations follow proposal to ban termination of sick foetuses

Lydia Smith
Jan 17, 2018

Women across Poland are set to protest against attempts by the government to further restrict access to abortion.

Demonstrations across at least 50 cities have been organised by Polish Women’s Strike, a coalition of women’s rights groups.

Pro-choice demonstrators plan to wear black as a sign of mourning for their reproductive rights, which have come under threat under the ruling conservative Law and Justice party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc, or PiS).

Continued: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/poland-women-abortion-ban-march-strike-protest-reproductive-rights-polish-government-latest-a8163281.html

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Ireland: Harris raises Kerry babies and Lovett cases in abortion debate

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Harris raises Kerry babies and Lovett cases in abortion debate
Minister for Health: 3,265 women from every county had travelled abroad for abortions last year

Wed, Jan 17, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Abortion is a reality for women living in Ireland and is an issue that is not going to go away, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

“Ultimately, there is always a deeply personal, private story behind each individual case which I believe is a matter for a woman and her doctor. I believe the Irish people trust women and they trust doctors to make these difficult decisions.”

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/harris-raises-kerry-babies-and-lovett-cases-in-abortion-debate-1.3358750

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