Britain enforces first abortion clinic exclusion zone

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Britain enforces first abortion clinic exclusion zone

Apr 23, 2018

LONDON (AFP) - A ban on pro-life protests outside an abortion clinic in London came into force on Monday (April 23) in a first that pro-choice campaigners hope will set a precedent for the country.

The local authority in Ealing, west London, imposed an exclusion zone after claims that women and staff at the Marie Stopes clinic were being intimidated and harassed by vigils that have been held outside the building for more than 20 years.

Continued: https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/britain-enforces-first-abortion-clinic-exclusion-zone

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Fintan O’Toole: How I discovered what I felt about abortion

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Fintan O'Toole: How I discovered what I felt about abortion
I was 18 when asked to help a girl get an abortion. I knew it was not about me, it was about her

April 23, 2018
Fintan O'Toole

When I was 18, I knew nothing about anything and even less about abortion. I had never really thought about it. I suppose I had a vague feeling that it was a bad thing, to be contemplated only in extreme circumstances. And then in summer 1976 I had to discover what I felt about abortion. It took me all of 30 seconds.

Very few people in my part of the world went to university. I was a student in UCD. This lent me an aura of sophistication and knowingness that was laughably distant from the truth. But because of it, a male friend my own age called in and asked me to go with him to his house. His mother and father were in the sitting room with his sister who was, I think, 16. She was pregnant and she had made up her mind that she did not want to have the baby. Did I know how to go about arranging to have an abortion in England?

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/fintan-o-toole-how-i-discovered-what-i-felt-about-abortion-1.3471554

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Irish emigrants urged #HomeToVote in abortion referendum

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Irish emigrants urged #HomeToVote in abortion referendum
London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign releases video rallying citizens abroad to return for 25 May

Harriet Sherwood
Mon 23 Apr 2018

Irish emigrants are being urged in a new video to travel home to vote in favour of overturning the country’s constitutional ban on abortion in a referendum next month.

The London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign has released the two-minute video, filmed in six countries, to encourage Irish citizens abroad to exercise their right to vote in the historic referendum on 25 May.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/23/irish-emigrants-urged-hometovote-in-abortion-referendum

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Yes campaign hopes to narrow the gap in conservative Roscommon

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Yes campaign hopes to narrow the gap in conservative Roscommon
County has ‘a lot of silent Yes voters who are afraid to say openly they will vote Yes’

Mon, Apr 23, 2018
Harry McGee in Co Roscommon

Roscommon-South Leitrim achieved a brief moment of notoriety after the 2015 same-sex marriage referendum when it was the only constituency in the State that voted No.

It was a marginal thing. Other constituencies such as Donegal South West and Cavan-Monaghan had voted Yes by a hair’s breadth. But that cut little slack when the narrative came to be written.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/yes-campaign-hopes-to-narrow-the-gap-in-conservative-roscommon-1.3470222

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Ireland – Labour complains of ‘concerted’ attempts to tear down Yes posters

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Labour complains of ‘concerted’ attempts to tear down Yes posters
Deputy Jan O’Sullivan gives video to gardaí showing posters being removed in Limerick

April 23, 2018
Ronan McGreevy

Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan has given evidence to gardaí of her party’s Yes posters being pulled down in her native Limerick city.

Ms O’Sullivan claimed there was a “concerted” attempt to remove Labour party posters, which are advocating a Yes in the abortion referendum campaign, and said at least 50 had been taken down in the last week. “There’s very few of them left,” she said on Sunday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/labour-complains-of-concerted-attempts-to-tear-down-yes-posters-1.3471016

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Ireland – Anti-abortion posters fail to take account of life

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Anti-abortion posters fail to take account of life
The signs risk oversimplifying the issues in the Eighth Amendment referendum

Mon, Apr 23, 2018
Chris Fitzpatrick

As I cycle to work foetuses look down at me from posters high up on the lampposts. They are as big as new-born babies. They tell me that their hearts are beating. They tell me that they can kick and yawn. They ask me to protect them. Their words are meant to hit you where it hurts most – in your heart.

The foetuses on the posters have no mothers. They are advanced for their age. They have grown-up thoughts. They choose their words carefully. They know how to get your attention. They know how to make you feel bad. I cycle on.

continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/anti-abortion-posters-fail-to-take-account-of-life-1.3470187

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UK – At least eight local authorities in England are examining whether to follow Ealing’s lead

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At least eight local authorities in England are examining whether to follow Ealing’s lead

Sarah Marsh
Mon 23 Apr 2018

Eight councils in England are considering setting up abortion clinic buffer zones after pro-choice groups said the number of “intimidating” protests was on the rise.

Across the country, 42 vigils and protests have taken place between 2017 and 2018, according to figures compiled by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS). They were led by a number of anti-abortion groups including the Good Counsel Network and 40 Days for Life.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/23/abortion-clinic-buffer-zones-being-considered-by-more-councils-lambert-protests

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UK – What it’s like to go to an abortion clinic during anti-abortion protests

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What it's like to go to an abortion clinic during anti-abortion protests
'The mood is strangely sombre'

Olivia Petter
Sunday 22 April 2018

Walking down a residential street in Ealing towards Marie Stopes, the abortion clinic where pro-life protesters will be banned from gathering outside as of Monday, I’m struck by an eerie silence.

Far from the vociferous protesters I’d expected, who have allegedly accosted visitors with fetal photographs and blocked them from entering clinics across the capital, the mood outside 87 Maddock Lane is strangely sombre and sepulchral.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/anti-abortion-protests-ealing-council-ban-marie-stopes-london-a8316036.html

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Why Ireland faces fifth divisive referendum on abortion in 35 years

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Why Ireland faces fifth divisive referendum on abortion in 35 years

Larry Donnelly
April 22, 2018

Back in 1983, two thirds of the Irish people voted to insert the following language into their constitution in a referendum: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.”

What became the 8th Amendment was largely driven by the Catholic Church and conservative forces, who were cognisant of a liberal abortion regime in the United Kingdom and the recognition of a constitutional right to abortion in the United States, and wanted to prevent something similar here in Ireland.

Continued: https://www.irishcentral.com/opinion/others/ireland-fifth-referendum-abortion-35-years

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Ireland – Latest: Taoiseach ‘hiding truth about abortion proposal’, says Love Both campaign

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Latest: Taoiseach 'hiding truth about abortion proposal', says Love Both campaign

Apr 22, 2018

The Love Both campaign has today accused Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of keeping the public in the dark about what repeal of the Eighth Amendment would mean.

This weekend, the Taoiseach claimed that if the referendum passed, it "does not mean there will be no restrictions".

Continued: http://www.eveningecho.ie/nationalnews/Latest-Taoiseach-hiding-truth-about-abortion-proposal-says-Love-Both-campaign-13dcbd10-85b8-4917-9d7a-887e6a3d5b25-ds

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