Ireland: Abortion report by citizens’ assembly demands 20-week anomaly scans

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Abortion report by citizens’ assembly demands 20-week anomaly scans
Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter

June 26 2017, The Times

All women in Ireland should have access to 20-week anomaly scans, a report on abortion reform will recommend.

Universal standards in maternity services are understood to be among additional recommendations included in Ms Justice Mary Laffoy’s report, which is due this week.

Continued at source: The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/abortion-report-by-citizens-assembly-demands-20-week-anomaly-scans-p29zvt35p

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Ireland: Deep divisions hamper abortion committee

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Deep divisions hamper abortion committee
Monday, June 26, 2017
Alison O’Connor

As Judge Mary Laffoy gets ready to present her report on the Citizens’ Assembly, Alison O’Connor says we are in for a tortuous few months before we get to vote on the issue.

THIS week, Judge Mary Laffoy will deliver her report to the Government on the conclusions of the Citizens’ Assembly on the future of the eighth amendment to the Constitution.

On one level, we are fully aware of what it is the 100 members who made up the Citizens’ Assembly want, because they voted on it, causing ripples of shock throughout the country, back in April.

Continued at source: Irish Examiner: http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/deep-divisions-hamper-abortion-committee-453323.html

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Ireland: Film rating ‘stigmatises abortion’

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Film rating ‘stigmatises abortion’
Critics say 16 rating for Twice Shy is out of touch and hinders vital debate

Eithne Shortall
June 25 2017, The Sunday Times

A new Irish movie that discusses abortion has been given a 16 rating by the film classification office. The decision has been criticised by pro-choice campaigners as “ridiculous”, “stigmatising” and “out of touch”.

Judged by the four criteria that the Irish Film Classification Office (Ifco) generally uses — violence, language, sex/nudity, drug use — Twice Shy would be expected to get a 12A rating. However, Ifco has decided it is only suitable for people aged 16 and over because of the abortion theme.

Continued at source: UK Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/film-rating-stigmatises-abortion-qhcw3708w

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Australia: A health issue, not a crime: it’s time to scrap outdated abortion laws

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A health issue, not a crime: it's time to scrap outdated abortion laws
Archaic abortion laws are still oppressing women in Australia. We should finally step up to medical developments and social expectations

Caroline de Costa, Heather Douglas
Saturday 24 June 2017

On Wednesday the Queensland law reform commission (QLRC) received a reference to consider how Queensland should amend laws relating to termination of pregnancy and remove abortion offences from the criminal code. The QLRC has 12 months to report on how to repeal these archaic Queensland laws dating back to 1861.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/24/a-health-issue-not-a-its-time-to-scrap-outdated-abortion-laws

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UK:MPs to argue Northern Irish women have right to abortion on NHS

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MPs to argue Northern Irish women have right to abortion on NHS

Cross-party MPs want amendment to Queen’s speech to act as warning to government over DUP pact

Jessica Elgot Political reporter
Friday 23 June 2017

MPs from all the major parties will argue that abortion should be provided on the NHS in England for Northern Irish women, in an amendment to the Queen’s speech which supporters said would act as a warning to Downing Street about the implications of a pact with the Democratic Unionist party.

The amendment, coordinated by the Labour MP Stella Creasy with the support of the Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley, asks the government to consider legislating so women from Northern Ireland have NHS abortion provision when they travel to England to terminate a pregnancy.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/23/mps-argue-northern-irish-women-right-to-abortion-nhs

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Stella Creasy Has Called For British Women To Be Allies To Northern Irish Women On Abortion

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Stella Creasy Has Called For British Women To Be Allies To Northern Irish Women On Abortion

Labour MP Stella Creasy has put forward an amendment to the Queen's Speech to allow women from Northern Ireland to access NHS abortion services in England and Wales.

Posted on June 23, 2017
Laura Silver
BuzzFeed News Reporter

Labour MP Stella Creasy is calling on women in England and Wales to help women in Northern Ireland access NHS-funded abortion by writing to their MPs in support of an amendment to the Queen's Speech.

Abortion is currently illegal in almost all circumstances in Northern Ireland, where the Abortion Act 1967 – the law which allows access to abortion in the rest of the UK – was never applied.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/this-mp-has-called-for-british-women-to-be-allies-to

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US refuses to back UN on abortion access in human rights resolution

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US refuses to back UN on abortion access in human rights resolution
Washington supports ‘the spirit’ of a UN resolution calling for women’s access to reproductive healthcare but ‘does not recognize abortion’ as a method

Agence France-Presse in Geneva

Thursday 22 June 2017

The UN Human Rights Council has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning abuse and discrimination of women, but Washington refused to back one paragraph mentioning access to safe abortions.

The strongly worded resolution, tabled by Canada, expressed “outrage at the persistence and pervasiveness of all forms of violence against women and girls worldwide”, calling on countries to take immediate steps to prevent gender-based violence and discrimination.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/23/mps-argue-northern-irish-women-right-to-abortion-nhs

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Ireland: ‘Pro-choice’ senator elected chair of abortion committee

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‘Pro-choice’ senator elected chair of abortion committee
Oireachtas committee examining abortion law meets for first time

June 21, 2017
Mary Minihan

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has been elected chairwoman of the Oireachtas abortion committee, which met for the first time on Wednesday in private.

The committee will meet again in two weeks. Ms Noone was the only nominee.

Fine Gael’s Senator Jerry Buttimer had been tipped to become chairman, partly because he led the Oireachtas committee that held hearings on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill four years ago.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/pro-choice-senator-elected-chair-of-abortion-committee-1.3127176

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Ireland: ‘Abortions were denied to women at suicide risk’

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‘Abortions were denied to women at suicide risk’

Harris pledges quick action on referendum
Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter

June 20 2017, The Times

Two women who had attempted suicide more than once were turned down for abortions in Ireland, a support group has said.

Both women were immigrants who needed visas if they were going to travel to the UK for a legal termination. One of the pregnancies had been diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality.

Continued at source: The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/abortions-refused-after-several-suicide-bids-xlxq0k8r7#

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Ireland: As Oireachtas Committee meets for the first time, Amnesty International calls for access to abortion on request in early pregnancy.

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As Oireachtas Committee meets for the first time, Amnesty International calls for access to abortion on request in early pregnancy.

20th June 2017

Amnesty International has reiterated its call for access to abortion on request in early pregnancy following a news report that two women who had attempted suicide were initially denied access to abortion services in Ireland before finally being deemed eligible. The cases outlined by the Abortion Support Network (ASN) and reported in The Times involved two immigrant women who did not have the required visas to travel to the UK. This report comes just one week after an adolescent girl was detained under mental health legislation rather than provided with an abortion under the suicide ground of the 2013 Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.

Continued at source: Amnesty International: https://www.amnesty.ie/distressing-cases-highlight-flaws-grounds-based-abortion-legislation/

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