From Ireland to Northern Ireland: campaigns for abortion law

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From Ireland to Northern Ireland: campaigns for abortion law

Angel Li
Published: 16 June 2018
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31357-6 |

After Ireland successfully overturned its 8th Amendment using grassroots activism, attention turns to Northern Ireland's abortion laws. Angel Li reports from Dublin.

Sitting in a quiet carriage of a train to Gatwick Airport, my thoughts turned to the women taking this same route back to Ireland after travelling to the UK for abortions. I wondered if anyone was on this train for that very purpose. More than 170 000 women have travelled abroad from Ireland seeking abortions since 1980.

Having arrived at Gatwick Airport, I met two volunteers working with the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign who were taking the same flight to Dublin as me.

Continued: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)31357-6/fulltext

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Ireland – Sinn Fein votes to back relaxation of abortion laws

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Sinn Fein votes to back relaxation of abortion laws
Party backs motion to support reform following historic referendum vote in Republic

Tom Barnes
June 16 2018

Sinn Fein has voted “decisively” to support the liberalisation of abortion law across the island of Ireland following the historic vote to legalise the procedure in the Republic.

Party members overwhelmingly backed a motion calling to terminations to be provided through a GP-led service for a “limited gestational period”.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sinn-fein-abortion-policy-legalisation-laws-northern-ireland-republic-a8402706.html

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IRELAND – Justice for Ms Y – finally

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IRELAND – Justice for Ms Y – finally

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
June 14, 2018

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) of Ireland has acknowledged liability and said it is willing to compensate a young woman known as Ms Y for failing to ensure she was provided with an abortion when she first sought one as a teenager in 2014.

Ms Y sought refugee status in Ireland after she was kidnapped, beaten, and repeatedly raped by the head of a paramilitary organisation in her home country. She discovered she was pregnant shortly after she arrived in Ireland in March 2014, at which time she was at only eight weeks pregnant. The story of how she was mistreated, how her rights and needs were ignored and violated by everyone in the health system who saw her, adding up to a substantial number of people over a period of almost three months, is a shameful tale.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/ireland-justice-for-ms-y-finally/

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Ireland – No abortion legislation until all court challenges have ended

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No abortion legislation until all court challenges have ended
Minister for Health plans to publish legislation in early July regardless of court actions

June 14, 2018
Sarah Bardon

The Government cannot introduce legislation to allow for abortion services until all court challenges to the result of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment are concluded, The Irish Times has learned.

The referendum, which paved the way for liberalising the State’s strict abortion laws, was passed by a near two-to-one majority last month, but there have been a number of court challenges to the result.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/no-abortion-legislation-until-all-court-challenges-have-ended-1.3529605

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Ireland – Government not ‘legally able’ to introduce abortion Bill, Harris says

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Government not ‘legally able’ to introduce abortion Bill, Harris says
Attorney General says law cannot be considered by Oireachtas until challenges dealt with

June 14, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

The Government may not be able to introduce legislation to regulate the termination of pregnancy until the autumn, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

Speaking on Thursday, Mr Harris said he had received clear legal advice from Attorney General Séamus Woulfe stating that the law to implement the result on the referendum on the Eighth Amendment cannot be considered by the Oireachtas until all court challenges to the outcome have concluded.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/government-not-legally-able-to-introduce-abortion-bill-harris-says-1.3530823

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Ireland – No GP should be allowed opt out of abortions

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Newton Emerson: No GP should be allowed opt out of abortions
Conscientious objection amounts to saying ‘We don’t serve your sort around here, love’

Thu, Jun 14, 2018
Newton Emerson

The UK supreme court sat for the first time in Belfast last month, hearing an appeal into the “gay cake” case, among others.

“People will of course not expect an answer any time soon,” the president of the court said upon reserving judgment.

Another thing nobody expects is for the court to let bakers opt into a register of those willing to ice gay cakes, comprising only a handful of bakers in the country, with people obliged to travel to find them.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/newton-emerson-no-gp-should-be-allowed-opt-out-of-abortions-1.3529281

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Northern Ireland abortion laws must not be changed in Westminster, says Karen Bradley

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Northern Ireland abortion laws must not be changed in Westminster, says Karen Bradley
Karen Bradley insisted that people in the north do not want MPs making decisions on abortion laws

12 June, 2018

WESTMINSTER politicians are not qualified to change abortion laws for Northern Ireland, the secretary of state has said.

Karen Bradley insisted that people in the north do not want MPs making decisions on whether to overhaul the existing regime, as she explained the UK government's reluctance to intervene.

She said it was another example of why the Stormont executive needed to be reformed.

Continued: https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2018/06/12/news/northern-ireland-abortion-laws-must-not-be-changed-in-westminster-says-karen-bradley-1353442/

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Ireland – Public list of GPs providing abortion ‘now likely’

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Public list of GPs providing abortion 'now likely'
Pharmacists seek right to have conscientious objection

Eilish O'Regan and Shona Murray
June 12 2018

A public list of GPs who are registered to provide medical abortions may be necessary to ensure women looking for a termination are not left confused about where to get the service, it emerged yesterday.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar reiterated that while GPs can have a conscientious objection to providing medical abortions, they will be ethically obliged to refer a woman to a doctor who is participating in the scheme.

Continued; https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/public-list-of-gps-providing-abortion-now-likely-37000509.html

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Isle of Man: Bishop’s witnesses begin their evidence in abortion debate

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Bishop's witnesses begin their evidence in abortion debate

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Witnesses called by Bishop Peter Eagles to support his arguments against aspects of the Abortion Reform Bill began their evidence this morning.

The Bishop, who is also set to table a series of amendments to the Abortion Reform Bill at the clauses stage, warned that unless he could be persuaded otherwise, he would vote against the second reading of the bill.

He called three witnesses to go before the Legislative Council today.

Continued: http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=41159&headline=Bishop%27s%20witnesses%20begin%20their%20evidence%20in%20abortion%20debate&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

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Ireland – Varadkar attacks left for making ‘pariahs’ of the religious

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Varadkar attacks left for making ‘pariahs’ of the religious
Taoiseach’s confirms State-funded hospitals must provide abortion services

June 12, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has hit out at socialist parties and groups in the Dáil, accusing them of wanting to “turn religious people into pariahs”.

He made the claim as he confirmed that all publicly funded hospitals will be required to provide abortion services once legislation is enacted in the Oireachtas.

Solidarity TD Mick Barry asked would abortion services be provided by the new national maternity hospital to be built in the grounds of St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin, “a campus controlled by a company with a board dedicated to a Catholic ethos”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/varadkar-attacks-left-for-making-pariahs-of-the-religious-1.3528463

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