Bring on the Irish abortion referendum

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Bring on the Irish abortion referendum

Ella Whelan
assistant editor

This is our chance to make the positive case for women’s rights.

16 June 2017

In his first day in office as the new Fine Gael Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar announced that the Republic of Ireland will have a referendum on the Eighth Amendment next year.

The Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which was added following a referendum on abortion rights in 1983, ensures the right to life of the unborn. This means that a woman’s life and rights are equated with that of an embryo. Irish women cannot access abortion services, even in the event of rape or fatal fetal abnormality. They are forced to buy medicine illegally online, or travel to the UK at their own expense to access abortion services there.

Continued at source: Spiked: http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/bring-on-the-irish-abortion-referendum/19967

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UK: Anti-abortion group Abort67 stage demonstration in Canterbury city centre

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Anti-abortion group Abort67 stage demonstration in Canterbury city centre

By Emma Grafton-Williams

Published: 16 June 2017

Graphic images of aborted foetuses shocked passers by in a busy shopping centre this afternoon.

The image boards were displayed in Rose Lane in Canterbury by campaign group Abort67 - whose members say they are trying to educate the public to make abortion "unthinkable" and to see the law "give full protection to the unborn."

Continued at source: Kent Online: http://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/anti-abortion-campaign-shocks-passers-by-127385/

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Ireland: Varadkar announces abortion referendum for next year

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Varadkar announces abortion referendum for next year
15 Jun 2017
Kenneth Fox

Simon Harris will be responsible for bringing forward the legislation

Amidst the news of a new Taoisech in the Dáil and the announcement of his Cabinet, the news that Leo Varadkar had confirmed an abortion referendum, seemed to slip through the cracks.

Yesterday he confirmed that the referendum will take place sometime next year.

He said Health Minister Simon Harris would be responsible for bringing forward legislation to allow for the referendum on the eight amendment, which gives an equal right to life to the mother and the unborn.

Continued at link: NewsTalk: http://www.newstalk.com/Varadkar-announces-abortion-referendum-for-next-year-

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Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

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Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England

June 14, 2017

The Supreme Court challenge centred on the case of a Northern Ireland woman who became pregnant when she was 15. She went to England with her mother for an abortion in a private clinic in 2012, at a cost of about £900.Northern Ireland's abortion law is much stricter than the rest of the UK.

The mother and daughter took the case against UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who conceded that he had the power to make provisions for Northern Ireland residents to access free NHS abortions in England.

Continued at link:BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-40271763

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Supreme court narrowly rejects Northern Ireland free abortions appeal

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Supreme court narrowly rejects Northern Ireland free abortions appeal

Mother and daughter were appealing for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England

Amelia Gentleman
Wednesday 14 June 2017

The supreme court has ruled that women from Northern Ireland are not entitled to free access to abortions on the NHS, a decision that was condemned by campaigners as a “further blow to women” from the region.

A panel of supreme court judges narrowly upheld an earlier judgment, confirming that women who travel to England from Northern Ireland, which has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe, cannot receive free abortion care on the NHS.

Continued at link: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/14/supreme-court-narrowly-rejects-northern-ireland-free-abortions-appeal

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Humanists UK urges British leaders to allow free NHS abortions for Northern Ireland women

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Humanists UK urges British leaders to allow free NHS abortions for Northern Ireland women
June 14th, 2017

Today, the Supreme Court ruled that the matter of charging Northern Irish women to access abortion services on NHS England, which are free women living in Britain, is a political decision. Therefore, the UK Government and, specifically, the Secretary of State for Health, has the power to end this unequal and discriminatory charge. Humanists UK, in response to today’s judgment, is calling upon anyone concerned by the unequal treatment of Northern Irish women  to sign its petition urging Theresa May, Nicola Sturgeon, and Carwyn Jones to grant Northern Irish free access to abortion services on the NHS in England, Scotland, and Wales respectively.

Continued at source: Humanists UK: https://humanism.org.uk/2017/06/14/humanists-uk-urges-mainland-british-leaders-to-allow-free-nhs-abortions-for-northern-ireland-women/

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UK: RCOG and FSRH letter on DUP abortion stance

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RCOG and FSRH letter on DUP abortion stance
14 June 2017

The President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Professor Lesley Regan, and the President of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, Dr Asha Kasliwal, have today written to the Prime Minister expressing their deep concern about the potential impact on current abortion policy should the Conservative Party govern with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

Continued at source: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/news/rcog-and-fsrh-letter-on-dup-abortion-stance/?platform=hootsuite

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U.N. Committee: Criminalization of Abortion in Ireland Violates Woman’s Human Rights

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U.N. Committee: Criminalization of Abortion in Ireland Violates Woman's Human Rights
New Decision Marks Second Time the U.N. Human Rights Committee Calls for Abortion Law Reform in Ireland

06.13.17 - (PRESS RELEASE) The United Nations Human Rights Committee has just ruled for the second time that Ireland’s abortion laws subjected a woman to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. This new decision recognizes yet again that prohibiting abortion violates women’s human rights and calls on Ireland to reform its laws.

The U.N. Committee ruled in favor of Siobhán Whelan, who was denied access to abortion services in Ireland following a diagnosis of a fatal fetal impairment. The Committee held that Ireland must provide Ms. Whelan with reparations for the harm she suffered and reform its laws to ensure other women do not continue to face similar violations. The Committee instructed Ireland to legalize abortion and provide effective, timely and accessible abortion services in Ireland.

Continued at source: Center for Reproductive Rights: https://www.reproductiverights.org/press-room/un-committee-criminalization-of-abortion-in-ireland-violates-womans-human-rights-0

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UK: Let’s not shy away from the real reason why everyone mentions the DUP’s stance on LGBT rights, but not women’s rights

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Let’s not shy away from the real reason why everyone mentions the DUP’s stance on LGBT rights, but not women’s rights

Women can’t rely on the benevolence of individually powerful female politicians, or trust in the good intentions of male politicians who mouth the right words up until the moment anything is actually on the line

Sarah Ditum
Tuesday 13 June 2017

Before 10pm last Thursday night, the DUP was a shambles of a party whose leader Arlene Foster was responsible for the cash-for-ash scandal which has cost an estimated £490m and caused the collapse of power sharing in Northern Ireland. The moment the exit poll was in, it became one of the biggest forces in British politics as the prospect of the party entering into a confidence-and-supply arrangement to support a minority Tory government took hold.

Continued at source: The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/dup-womens-rights-abortion-lgbt-rights-reproductive-theresa-may-coalition-of-chaos-a7788231.html

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UK: Surge in number of mums having abortions because they ‘can’t AFFORD any more kids’

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Surge in number of mums having abortions because they ‘can’t AFFORD any more kids’

The housing crisis prevented many families moving to a bigger home, and the ever-increasing cost of having a child is putting pressure on families

By Nick McDermott, Health Editor
13th June 2017,

GROWING numbers of mums are having abortions because they cannot afford a bigger family, figures suggest.

Department of Health data show a 17 per cent rise in the proportion of women who already kids having terminations in the last decade.

Continued at link: The Sun: https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/3791625/surge-in-number-of-mums-having-abortions-because-they-cant-afford-any-more-kids/

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