Ireland – Fake abortion website faces legal action

Fake abortion website faces legal action

Katie O’Neill
February 7 2019

Legal proceedings have been issued against the operator of a bogus website which is posing as the official HSE information service for women with unplanned pregnancies.

MyOptions.ie, which offers free support and gives details on how to access abortion services, was started by the HSE on January 1 when the new law on terminations came into effect. Soon after, anti-abortion campaigners set up a website using a similar name.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/fake-abortion-website-faces-legal-action-kmbmrl8f0

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German Cabinet backs compromise in abortion dispute

German Cabinet backs compromise in abortion dispute

By Associated Press
February 6

BERLIN — Germany’s Cabinet on Wednesday approved legislation that would loosen, but not scrap, a ban on doctors “advertising” abortions, in an attempt to bridge a divide between the country’s governing parties.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior governing partners, the center-left Social Democrats, wanted to remove the ban from Germany’s criminal code. It provides for a fine or a prison sentence of up to two years. But Merkel’s center-right party insisted it should stay.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/german-cabinet-backs-compromise-in-abortion-dispute/2019/02/06/cce50b68-29f7-11e9-906e-9d55b6451eb4_story.html

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German Cabinet approves revised abortion law

German Cabinet approves revised abortion law
Under the new abortion law, medical professionals and organizations could state that they carry out abortions. The reform has been criticized by some health professionals who say it prevents access to useful information.

Feb 6, 2019

The German Cabinet on Wednesday approved a compromised amendment to the law which currently bans medical professionals and clinics from even mentioning that they offer abortions.

The compromise proposal would continue to ban the "advertising" of abortions — also the word used to describe the current restrictions — but would in future allow practitioners to at least say whether they provide abortions or not.

Continued: https://www.dw.com/en/german-cabinet-approves-revised-abortion-law/a-47382601

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Germany’s cabinet approves revision to Nazi-era abortion law

Germany's cabinet approves revision to Nazi-era abortion law
Doctors are currently banned from advertising services and offering information online

Emily Schultheis in Berlin
Wed 6 Feb 2019

Germany’s cabinet has approved a revision to the country’s controversial, Nazi-era abortion law, a move that – pending parliamentary approval – would allow doctors and medical associations to provide women with more information about where and how to seek abortions.

Under the current law – paragraph 219a of Germany’s criminal code – doctors are prohibited from advertising abortion services or providing information about abortions on their websites. German law allows abortions during the first trimester, but uses various measures, such as the advertising ban, which came into force in 1933, to in effect discourage women from obtaining them.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/06/germany-cabinet-approve-revision-nazi-era-abortion-law-paragraph-219a-doctor-advertising-ban

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Ireland – Fewer than half of GPs let their names be given to women using abortion helpline

Fewer than half of GPs let their names be given to women using abortion helpline

Eilish O'Regan
February 5 2019

Just 126 of the 253 GPs who have so far signed up to provide medical abortions are allowing their names to be released to women who ring up the 'My Options' freephone information line.

If a GP allows their name to be released as part of the information line directory it means that women inquiring about abortion may be able to choose who is the most convenient to attend.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/ca/irish-news/health/fewer-than-half-of-gps-let-their-names-be-given-to-women-using-abortion-helpline-37783158.html

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Irish Government Investigating Alleged Leak of Abortion Patient’s Information: Report

Irish Government Investigating Alleged Leak of Abortion Patient’s Information: Report

Melanie Ehrenkranz
Feb 4, 2019

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner and public health services agency are reportedly investigating how the private data of a patient who had an abortion may have landed in the hands of a harasser.

In an anonymous Facebook post, a woman from Ireland said that after she had a medical abortion and an internal scan at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin, someone left her a suspicious voicemail telling her to schedule another scan. The individual who left the message knew both her name and her address, and later sent a text message with directions to their office, according to the woman’s posts. But Irish news site the Journal reports that the caller did not actually work for the hospital, and it is not known how they allegedly obtained her private information.

Continued: https://gizmodo.com/irish-government-investigating-alleged-leak-of-abortion-1832334253

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Ireland – ‘Rats out of the HSE’: Protesters want external probe into claims abortion details were leaked

'Rats out of the HSE': Protesters want external probe into claims abortion details were leaked
The HSE is probing claims that a woman was phoned and harassed by a man who had obtained her personal information.

Feb 4, 2019

A ‘RATS OUT of the HSE’ protest was staged at the Department of Health’s Baggot Street office in Dublin today, calling for better protection of patient information and for an external investigation to be launched into last week’s revelations of apparent data breaches.

A number of investigations were launched last week into claims that a woman who had an abortion at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin was phoned and harassed by a man who had obtained her personal information.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/protest-hse-rats-out-abortion-4476009-Feb2019/

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Ireland – Anti-abortion protesters say they received ‘reliable information’ on abortions taking place in Drogheda hospital

Anti-abortion protesters say they received 'reliable information' on abortions taking place in Drogheda hospital
This is at least the second time this year that people have protested outside the hospital.

Feb 1, 2019

FOR AT LEAST the second time this year, anti-abortion campaigners protested outside of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth.

One of the three people who took part this morning was Charles Byrne, who said he was there because the group had received information that a number of terminations were to take place in the hospital.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-protest-2-4472155-Feb2019/

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Ireland – Harris orders inquiry over claim woman had details leaked after abortion

Harris orders inquiry over claim woman had details leaked after abortion
Minister describes as ‘disturbing’ the thought that ‘patient details could be leaked’

Feb 1, 2019

Minister for Health Simon Harris has ordered the Health Service Executive to investigate an alleged breach of patient information in relation to a woman who had an abortion at a Dublin hospital.

On Friday he described as “extraordinarily concerning and disturbing” the thought that “anyone’s patient details could be leaked”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/harris-orders-inquiry-over-claim-woman-had-details-leaked-after-abortion-1.3778998

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Ireland – Anti-abortion activists ‘getting details’ of cases

Anti-abortion activists ‘getting details’ of cases

Ellen Coyne
February 1 2019

Anti-abortion activists who tried to coax a woman into a fake scan appointment also tried to report a separate termination to gardaí last week, The Times can reveal.

Activists working for the Good Counsel Network, which runs a rogue crisis pregnancy agency in Dublin, turned up at Drogheda garda station claiming to have knowledge about an abortion performed at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital. They called for the doctors involved to be investigated and possibly prosecuted.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/anti-abortion-activists-getting-details-of-cases-f0kvschk8

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