UK – What it’s like to go to an abortion clinic during anti-abortion protests

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What it's like to go to an abortion clinic during anti-abortion protests
'The mood is strangely sombre'

Olivia Petter
Sunday 22 April 2018

Walking down a residential street in Ealing towards Marie Stopes, the abortion clinic where pro-life protesters will be banned from gathering outside as of Monday, I’m struck by an eerie silence.

Far from the vociferous protesters I’d expected, who have allegedly accosted visitors with fetal photographs and blocked them from entering clinics across the capital, the mood outside 87 Maddock Lane is strangely sombre and sepulchral.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/anti-abortion-protests-ealing-council-ban-marie-stopes-london-a8316036.html

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Why Ireland faces fifth divisive referendum on abortion in 35 years

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Why Ireland faces fifth divisive referendum on abortion in 35 years

Larry Donnelly
April 22, 2018

Back in 1983, two thirds of the Irish people voted to insert the following language into their constitution in a referendum: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.”

What became the 8th Amendment was largely driven by the Catholic Church and conservative forces, who were cognisant of a liberal abortion regime in the United Kingdom and the recognition of a constitutional right to abortion in the United States, and wanted to prevent something similar here in Ireland.

Continued: https://www.irishcentral.com/opinion/others/ireland-fifth-referendum-abortion-35-years

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Ireland – Latest: Taoiseach ‘hiding truth about abortion proposal’, says Love Both campaign

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Latest: Taoiseach 'hiding truth about abortion proposal', says Love Both campaign

Apr 22, 2018

The Love Both campaign has today accused Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of keeping the public in the dark about what repeal of the Eighth Amendment would mean.

This weekend, the Taoiseach claimed that if the referendum passed, it "does not mean there will be no restrictions".

Continued: http://www.eveningecho.ie/nationalnews/Latest-Taoiseach-hiding-truth-about-abortion-proposal-says-Love-Both-campaign-13dcbd10-85b8-4917-9d7a-887e6a3d5b25-ds

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The Pro Life Campaign’s definition of love is cruel

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The Pro Life Campaign’s definition of love is cruel
Diarmaid Ferriter: It is a strange kind of love that denies a teenage rape victim an abortion

Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Diarmaid Ferriter

Speaking at the unveiling of the Pro Life Campaign’s “Love Both” campaign during the week, spokeswoman Caroline Simons said: “Voters who support abortion in limited circumstances need to know that what they hope for with repeal and what they get are two entirely different things.”

What astounding arrogance. Simons has decided that those who will vote for the removal of the amendment have no independence of mind and are naive, delusional dupes who will vote next month unaware of the reality of what they are doing and devoid of a capacity for love. She has also decided what they hope for.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/the-pro-life-campaign-s-definition-of-love-is-cruel-1.3468389

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Varadkar backs Yes vote saying Ireland should ‘trust women and trust doctors’

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Varadkar backs Yes vote saying Ireland should ‘trust women and trust doctors’

April 21, 2018
Aine McMahon

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has hit out at claims by the No side in the abortion referendum campaign.

Mr Varadkar said if the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is repealed, the Government will introduce a safe, regulated doctor-led system in Ireland.

The Eighth Amendment was inserted into the Constitution after a referendum in 1983. The amendment guarantees to protect as far as practicable the equal right to life of the unborn and the mother. It prohibits abortion in almost all cases. Voters go to the polls on May 25th to decide whether or not to remove the provision from the Constitution and introduce legislation allowing for abortion in certain circumstances and without restriction in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/varadkar-backs-yes-vote-saying-ireland-should-trust-women-and-trust-doctors-1.3469913

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Ireland – Abortion campaigners face a gruelling battle of the Boyne

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Abortion campaigners face a gruelling battle of the Boyne
Canvassers from both sides are working hard to win hearts and minds in Drogheda
Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Harry McGee in Drogheda

On either side of the River Boyne, two small armies in day-glo bright uniforms move with military precision.

The two campaigns representing the Yes and No sides in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment have amassed impressive numbers of dedicated canvassers in Drogheda, which is as good a bellwether as any for what middle Ireland represents.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/abortion-campaigners-face-a-gruelling-battle-of-the-boyne-1.3468773

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UK – Woman who bled to death after late-stage abortion was discharged despite vomiting

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Woman who bled to death after late-stage abortion was discharged despite vomiting
Richard Hartley-Parkinson
Friday 20 Apr 2018

Aisha Chithira suffered a tear to her uterus, was discharged and died later after suffering internal bleeding (Picture: Google Street View)

A woman who died following a late-stage abortion procedure was discharged from the clinic despite vomiting and swaying so much she looked ‘drunk’, an inquest has heard.

Aisha Chithira, 31, travelled to England from Ireland to have a termination at a Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, west London, on January 21 2012.

Continued: http://metro.co.uk/2018/04/20/woman-bled-death-late-stage-abortion-discharged-despite-vomiting-7482792/

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Ireland – McDonald says abortion law in NI should be ‘in kilter’ with Republic

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McDonald says abortion law in NI should be ‘in kilter’ with Republic
Sinn Féin launches party campaign in favour of repeal ahead of the May ‘date with destiny’

April 20, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Sinn Féin will seek to harmonise abortion laws across the country if the Eighth Amendment is removed from the Constitution.

Abortion is banned in almost all circumstances in Northern Ireland, while in the Republic it is permitted only when a mother’s life is at risk.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/mcdonald-says-abortion-law-in-ni-should-be-in-kilter-with-republic-1.3467592

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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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