Do you think the Irish citizens’ assembly on abortion was a good idea?

Do you think the Irish citizens' assembly on abortion was a good idea?
If you live in Ireland, tell us about the assembly and its findings – did it help resolve a complex issue, might it help with Brexit?

Mon 14 Jan 2019

In 2018, Ireland voted in a referendum to legalise abortion. Irish politics had been debating this divisive and emotive issue for decades, however the Irish citizens’ assembly, which deliberated on the matter prior to the referendum, was cited as a successful process in helping people understand the complex issues.

The citizens’ assembly was established in 2016 by parliament and its purpose was to deliberate on a number of issues, including the eighth amendment that outlawed abortion. The 99 citizen members of the assembly were selected to be electorally representative and included those in favour of the change, those against and those undecideds.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/14/irish-citizens-assembly-abortion-referendum-brexit

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USA – Independent Abortion Providers Are More Underfunded — And Underappreciated — Than Some Realize

Independent Abortion Providers Are More Underfunded — And Underappreciated — Than Some Realize

By Monica Busch
Nov 14, 2018

Although abortion care conversations often center around large, nationwide providers, there is a class of determined, smaller clinics in the United States, some of which have been around for more than three decades. These independent abortion clinics provide most abortion services in the United States, according to a new report released by the Abortion Care Network (ACN), and experts say they also tend to provide a wider array of options for their patients. But according to the ACN, which collects data on these providers, they're also struggling to stay open.

"Independent clinics are community based, locally owned," Amy Hagstrom Miller, CEO of Whole Woman's Health — which won a major Supreme Court case — tells Bustle. "They’re usually owned by a local doctor just like a medical practice. And so the doctors... They’re more sort of like regular, normal health care providers."

Continued: https://www.bustle.com/p/independent-abortion-providers-are-more-underfunded-underappreciated-than-some-realize-13146340

Full report from ACN: Communities Need Clinics: https://www.abortioncarenetwork.org/communitiesneedclinics/

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Ireland – Heated exchanges as TDs consider changes to abortion legislation

Heated exchanges as TDs consider changes to abortion legislation
Harris says law will not allow women to seek terminations on basis of sex, race, disability

Wed, Nov 7, 2018
Sarah Burns

There were heated exchanges as TDs debated proposed changes to the State’s abortion legislation on Wednesday but Minister for Health Simon Harris has not yet accepted any of the 145 amendments considered.

The Oireachtas Health Committee concluded its second day of debate on the 180 proposed amendments to the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/heated-exchanges-as-tds-consider-changes-to-abortion-legislation-1.3689608

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Australia – Punishing LNP MPs who backed abortion rights could ‘light the fuse’ for demerger

Punishing LNP MPs who backed abortion rights could ‘light the fuse’ for demerger
Warren Entsch, who opposed the merger, says one party cannot represent the diversity of views among members

Ben Smee
Sun 21 Oct 2018

Leading moderates in the Queensland Liberal National party have warned that any recriminations against MPs who supported abortion rights would “light the fuse” for a demerger push.

Three MPs – Tim Nicholls, Steve Minnikin and Jann Stuckey – used their conscience vote in parliament to support the Palaszczuk government’s abortion decriminalisation bill.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/22/punishing-lnp-mps-who-backed-abortion-rights-could-light-the-fuse-for-dermerger

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India – 5,400 abortions in Chandigarh in 1 year; doctors stress on supervision

5,400 abortions in Chandigarh in 1 year; doctors stress on supervision
What worries doctors is that majority of women seeking abortion reach late and there are complications.

Sep 28, 2018
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh

On International Safe Abortion Day, gynaecologists in Chandigarh talk about the risks involved and complications in aborting a foetus.

Abortion is the third leading cause of maternal mortality, says GMSH-16 gynaecologist. The figures show that a total of 5,414 abortions were performed in city in 2017-18.

Continued: https://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/5-400-abortions-in-chandigarh-in-1-year-doctors-stress-on-supervision/story-ghUw22Whl7VdPtpyqkwMAN.html

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USA – Illegal Abortion Will Mean Abortion By Mail

Illegal Abortion Will Mean Abortion By Mail
What to expect when you’re expecting your abortifacient pill delivery

Olga Khazan
July 18, 2018

With the prospect of a more conservative Supreme Court on the horizon, some progressive women have begun to fear what will happen if Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion, is overturned. Some of these prophecies have centered on a popular meme in the pro-choice community: The coat hanger.

During a recent rally, New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon held up a wire coat hanger as a warning that we should not return to the previous generation’s means of obtaining illicit abortions. And Representative Lois Frankel, a Democrat from Florida, banged a coat hanger on the table at a briefing while discussing the latest Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

Continued: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/07/after-abortion-is-illegal/565430/

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Trump’s ban on global abortion funding has led to more abortions

Trump's ban on global abortion funding has led to more abortions

By Nima Elbagir, Lillian Leposo, and Eliza Mackintosh
Video by Alex Platt and Fabien Muhire
Graphics by Kara Fox and Henrik Pettersson
May 24, 2018

Nairobi, Kenya — Health worker Elizabeth Wanjiru was walking through the narrow streets of Kenya's largest slum earlier this year when she came across two schoolboys pointing at something in a muddy ditch. As she drew closer she saw it was the remains of an aborted fetus.

Dumped elsewhere in Kibera, the fetus had washed up in a narrow alleyway after a night of rainfall. It's something Wanjiru hasn't seen for years.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/24/health/trump-mexico-city-policy-abortion-ban-kenya-asequals-intl/index.html

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Ireland – On abortion we are subjects of Brexit Britain

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: Cabinet concern at allowing abortion up to 12 weeks

Cabinet concern at allowing abortion up to 12 weeks

Monday, January 08, 2018
By Daniel McConnell, Political Editor

There are concerns in the Cabinet about allowing abortion up to 12 weeks, as recommended by the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, the Irish Examiner can reveal.

“That is the most challenging element,” said one minister. “While it is a straightforward way of dealing with it as an issue legally, that will cause most concern at Cabinet, from a political perspective.”

The Irish Examiner has learned that the most likely date for a referendum is Friday, May 25, should the Cabinet agree to put the question to the people.

Continued at source: https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/cabinet-concern-at-allowing-abortion-up-to-12-weeks-465459.html

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Dominican Feminists Mobilize Against Criminalization of Abortion

Dominican Feminists Mobilize Against Criminalization of Abortion

Published 14 December 2017
by Professor Jose Maria Sison

The Dominican Republic has one of Latin America's highest rates of maternal mortality, with 106 deaths for every 100,000 births.

The Investigation Center for Feminine Action (CIPAF) in the Dominican Republic is calling for public support for its bid to legalize abortion when a mother's life is at risk, when a fetus is deformed, or when a pregnancy is caused by rape.

The CIPAF's demands have been heard by lawmaker Magda Rodriguez, head of the legislative commission on gender equality, and representatives of the Women Ministry, who have previously "showed interest" in the campaign.

Continued at source: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Dominican-Feminists-Mobilize-Against-Criminalization-of-Abortion-20171214-0031.html

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