Ireland: ‘Our reproductive health laws have come to the attention of the UN Torture Committee’

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'Our reproductive health laws have come to the attention of the UN Torture Committee'

Ireland’s abortion laws are cruel, inhuman, degrading and discriminatory, writes Niall Behan.

Aug 4, 2017
Niall Behan CEO, Irish Family Planning Association

WHEN THE INTERNATIONAL experts on the United Nations Convention Against Torture reviewed Ireland last week, one of their principal areas of concern was reproductive coercion.

Felice Gaer, the Committee’s Vice-Chair and its longest serving member, grilled the state delegation about Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution—the Eighth Amendment—and the ways in which a woman’s right to informed consent and bodily autonomy during pregnancy and childbirth are affected by this provision.

And she had many questions about what she termed “this serious, difficult subject in Ireland of abortion”.

Continued at link: The Journal: http://www.thejournal.ie/readme/our-reproductive-health-laws-have-come-to-the-attention-of-the-un-torture-committee-3526954-Aug2017/

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Ireland: 25 annoying things about being pregnant

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25 annoying things about being pregnant

Amnesty International Ireland
Published on Aug 3, 2017

All pregnant women and girls are risk under the 8th Amendment. Watch until the end. Join our campaign: http://bit.ly/itstimecampaign #Repealthe8th #25annoyingthings

Continued at source: Amnesty International Ireland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P55gfs1Xos&feature=youtu.be

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Ireland: Abortion law drafts defended by Harris

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Abortion law drafts defended by Harris

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
July 31 2017, The Times

Simon Harris has said that new abortion laws must be ready to go to fit Leo Varadkar’s timetable for a referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

The health minister defended his decision to start drafting legislation that could legalise abortion in certain circumstances before a special Oireachtas committee has had the time to decide if the constitutional ban should be lifted.

Continued at source: The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/abortion-law-drafts-defended-byharris-mgpqgsbpd

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Call on government to make Irish abortion laws reflect that of rest of Europe

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Call on government to make Irish abortion laws reflect that of rest of Europe
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Abortion Rights Campaigners say it is time Ireland's abortion laws are brought into line with the rest of Europe.

Campaigners have reacted to comments made by the UN this week which challenged Ireland’s lack of progression on the issue.

The comments came from a United Nation committee which found that Ireland violated the human rights of a woman who had to travel to Britain for an abortion after her baby was diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality.

Continued at source: Irish Examiner: http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/call-on-government-to-make-irish-abortion-laws-reflect-that-of-rest-of-europe-799972.html

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Ireland: Anti-abortion groups to display graphic images at protests

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Anti-abortion groups to display graphic images at protests
Displays due to take place on Dame Street in Dublin, and Belfast and Manchester airports

Sat, Jul 29, 2017
Paul Cullen

Anti-abortion groups plan to display graphic images of aborted babies at events in Dublin, Belfast and Manchester today.

Three groups say they are organising “public education displays” in response to the recent decision of the British government to pay for abortions for Northern Irish women travelling to England.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/anti-abortion-groups-to-display-graphic-images-at-protests-1.3171304

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Ireland’s abortion regime to be scrutinised by British politicians

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Ireland’s abortion regime to be scrutinised by British politicians
Inquiry will focus on issues relating to women travelling from Ireland to Britain

July 18, 2017
Mary Minihan

A fresh inquiry into Ireland’s abortion regime will be undertaken by a group of British and Irish politicians.

A committee of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, chaired by former Northern Ireland Office minister Lord Alfred Dubs, will focus on issues relating to women travelling from Ireland to Britain to seek terminations.

Lord Dubs announced the inquiry into the “cross-jurisdictional” implications of abortion policy at the assembly meeting in Kilkenny on Tuesday.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/ireland-s-abortion-regime-to-be-scrutinised-by-british-politicians-1.3158798

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Irish film ‘Twice Shy’ is less about abortion politics, and more about love

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Irish film 'Twice Shy' is less about abortion politics, and more about love

BY Jessica Marie Ruxton
July 10, 2017

The Film ''Twice Shy'' focuses on abortion and the struggles of an Irish couple's decision and journey.

The film was released across cinemas in Ireland on the 23rd of June of this year.

Along with director Tom Ryan, we see familiar Irish faces such as Pat Shortt, Ardal O'Hanlon, and Paul Ronan.

Continued at source: Buzz.ie: https://www.buzz.ie/movies-tv/irish-film-twice-shy-less-about-abortion-politics-and-more-about-love-245384

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What I’ve learnt running a pro-choice stall in Belfast every week

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What I've learnt running a pro-choice stall in Belfast every week

The draconian abortion laws in Northern Ireland are a disgrace, and every Saturday I take to the streets to convince people we need to change them

Emma Gallen
July 9, 2017

In April 2016, a young woman living in Northern Ireland took abortion pills she ordered from the internet. Her housemates reported her to the police, and the Public Prosecution Service decided to bring her to trial.

The maximum sentence she faced was life imprisonment; she received a three-month suspended sentence. I felt I had to do something.

Continued at source: The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/abortion-northern-ireland-womens-issues-choice-a7831561.html

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The Irish Citizens’ Assembly publishes its report and recommendations

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The Irish Citizens’ Assembly publishes its report and recommendations

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
July 7, 2017

The report and recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly (the Assembly) on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution have been laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas (parliament) today by Chair of the Assembly Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy. According to the terms of reference establishing the Assembly, the report will now be referred for consideration to a Committee of both Houses which will in turn bring its conclusions to the Houses for debate.

In her introduction to the report, the Chair of the Assembly Ms Laffoy, said her primary objective in the drafting of the report was “To ensure that there is a clear, complete and accurate record of the work of the Assembly on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution and to demonstrate what happened both before and at the meetings, so that there is openness and transparency on the manner in which the members were informed on this topic.

Continued at source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/the-irish-citizens-assembly-publishes-its-report-and-recommendations/

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