Fine Gael TD’s offices daubed with anti-abortion ‘baby killer’ graffiti

Fine Gael TD’s offices daubed with anti-abortion ‘baby killer’ graffiti
Vandalism of Tony McLoughlin’s Sligo office comes after passage of abortion legislation

Dec 14, 2018
Harry McGee

The walls of a Fine Gael TD’s office in Sligo has been daubed with “baby killer” graffiti overnight following the successful passage of abortion legislation.

Tony McLoughlin, a TD for Sligo-Leitrim, arrived at his office in Sligo town this morning to discover that the facade of the office had been vandalised with threatening messages and anti-abortion slogans.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/fine-gael-td-s-offices-daubed-with-anti-abortion-baby-killer-graffiti-1.3731370

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‘Historic moment’ as Irish parliament legalises abortion

'Historic moment' as Irish parliament legalises abortion

December 14, 2018

Ireland’s parliament passed a landmark legislation to make abortion legal for the first time in the Catholic-majority country, a “historic moment” which came after an Indian dentist died from blood poisoning in 2012 when the doctors refused her repeated requests to abort the foetus.

Ireland voted decisively to change the Constitution to repeal the Eighth Amendment in May, with 66.4 per cent voting in favour of new legislation to allow for the termination of pregnancies.

“The bill that allows for the introduction of abortion services in Ireland has passed all stages of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) and will now go to President Michael D Higgins to be signed into law,” Irish Broadcaster RTE reported on Thursday.

Continued: https://www.rediff.com/news/report/historic-moment-as-irish-parliament-legalises-abortion/20181214.htm

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Ireland – Abortion campaigners hail ‘historic day’ but eye changes

Abortion campaigners hail ‘historic day’ but eye changes
Activists celebrate but urge full decriminalisation and removal of three-day wait period

Dec 13, 2018
Jennifer Bray

Ailbhe Smyth heard around 4pm that there was a possibility that legislation clearing the way for abortion in Ireland could pass earlier than the expected 10pm finishing time.

She hopped on a Luas and headed to the city centre to make her way to Leinster House. Following years of effort, this was not a moment to miss. She was not alone.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/abortion-campaigners-hail-historic-day-but-eye-changes-1.3730715

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Germany – Abortion law brings first test for Merkel’s successor as CDU leader

Abortion law brings first test for Merkel’s successor as CDU leader
Kramp-Karrenbauer, who wants to win back conservative voters, opposed to law change

Thu, Dec 13, 2018
Derek Scally in Berlin

A week after assuming the party leadership, the chairwoman of Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has her first fight on her hands, over abortion.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and her officials have struck a compromise with the CDU’s coalition partner over a controversial law forbidding doctors from informing patients – in advertisements or on their websites – that they offer abortion services.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/abortion-law-brings-first-test-for-merkel-s-successor-as-cdu-leader-1.3730594

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Ireland – ‘Growing number’ of GPs sign up for abortion service

'Growing number' of GPs sign up for abortion service

Eilish O'Regan
December 13 2018

The HSE is getting a "steady return" of contracts from GPs applying to provide a medical abortion service from January, it was claimed yesterday.

A HSE spokeswoman said the "number is increasing on a daily basis".

It is still unclear how many GPs will be ready to deliver the service from the start of next month, but potentially several hundred may have signed up.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/growing-number-of-gps-sign-up-for-abortion-service-37622054.html

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Ireland: The Abortion Bill passes the first house

FEATURE - Ireland: The Abortion Bill passes the first house
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International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion.
11 December 2018

Abortion bill passed by a large majority

On 6 December 2018, the lower house of the Irish parliament passed the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill at midnight with a vote of 90 for, 15 against, and 12 abstentions, after hours of debate and consideration of 60 amendments, almost all of which were voted down with large majorities. Minister of Health Simon Harris remained in strict control throughout the process, rejecting amendments by pro-choice members to make the bill less restrictive and by conservative/anti-abortion members to make it more restrictive, claiming throughout that he was determined to give the people the bill he promised before the referendum on the 8th Amendment to the Constitution in May. A small number of conservative members fought till the end, talking at length each amendment. Then, finally, it was passed. It moved the very next morning to the upper house. Ivana Bacik, a Labour Party member in the upper house, said she thought it very likely that the bill would become law before the holiday recess later this month.

Continued: https://mailchi.mp/safeabortionwomensright/feature-ireland-the-abortion-bill-passes-the-first-house-11-december-2018?e=372dd34034

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Ireland – Master of Coombe says hospital not ready to provide abortion services

Master of Coombe says hospital not ready to provide abortion services

Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018

The Coombe Hospital will not be ready to provide abortion services by the start of January, according to the Master of the hospital, Dr Sharon Sheehan.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One, Dr Sheehan said she would advise Minister for Health Simon Harris to delay the introduction of services until February or March.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/health/2018/1211/1016557-abortion/

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Ireland – Liam Weeks: ‘Abortion: the issue that never goes away’

Liam Weeks: 'Abortion: the issue that never goes away'
New disagreements suggest the referendum has made abortion more political than ever

Liam Weeks
December 9 2018

After six referendums and 35 years of debate, there was a sentiment, or at least an expectation, that the abortion issue had finally been put to bed last May.

But, as the events surrounding Minister Simon Harris's plans to legislate for the referendum result have shown, abortion remains a live political issue.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/liam-weeks-abortion-the-issue-that-never-goes-away-37607855.html

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Ireland – Abortion law may be held up by the Seanad

Abortion law may be held up by the Seanad
Legislation’s passage could be delayed due to the number of Amendments tabled

Mon, Dec 10, 2018
Pat Leahy

A large number of amendments have been submitted for the Seanad debate on abortion legislation that begins today, threatening Government plans to have it on the statute books by Christmas.

More than 60 amendments have been put down to the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill, which passed through the Dáil last week after lengthy debates over several days and a late-night vote.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-law-may-be-held-up-by-the-seanad-1.3725474

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Rwanda – Sexual and reproductive health and rights are fundamental human rights

Sexual and reproductive health and rights are fundamental human rights

By Jenny Ohlsson
Published : December 10, 2018

On Human Rights Day 2018, I would like to put the spotlight on the many women that die every year because some of their most fundamental human rights are not respected.

I would also like to convey my sympathies to the many daughters, sons, mothers, fathers and siblings that has lost, and will lose, a loved one. But also to our societies that will continue to lose so many brilliant minds and changemakers – all in vain – unless we implement the necessary reforms. Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are not only human rights, but a matter of life and death.

Continued: https://www.newtimes.co.rw/opinions/sexual-and-reproductive-health-and-rights-are-fundamental-human-rights

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