It’s time to talk about what a lack of access to safe abortion means

It’s time to talk about what a lack of access to safe abortion means

Viviana Waisman
18 October 2018

This year, something has changed about the way we talk about abortion. You can feel it on the street, on Twitter, in the media.... Something has changed, and there’s no turning back.

In May, the vote on the Irish referendum to legalize abortion filled me with hope. Thanks to the energy of young Irish people, a major victory was won for women’s rights.

Continued: https://www.opendemocracy.net/democraciaabierta/viviana-waisman/it-s-time-to-talk-about-what-lack-of-access-to-safe-abortion-means

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Harris requests committee meeting over abortion legislation

Harris requests committee meeting over abortion legislation

Thursday, 18 Oct 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

The Minister for Health has written to the Oireachtas committee responsible for examining amendments to the abortion legislation, requesting it meet at the earliest convenience.

Committee stage of the Regulation of the Termination of Pregnancy legislation will be overseen by the Health Committee.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1018/1005114-abortion-legislation-dail/

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Fianna Fail TD ‘struggling with his conscience’ cannot support Abortion Bill

Fianna Fail TD ‘struggling with his conscience’ cannot support Abortion Bill
Claims abortion will be used as contraception are offensive and ignorant - Harris

Thu, Oct 18, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Minister for Health Simon Harris has described as “horrific and bizarre” a suggestion that abortion will in time be used as contraception.

He described such a mindset as worrying and said these sorts of views were offensive, ignorant, and showed a “fundamental lack of respect for women”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/fianna-fail-td-struggling-with-his-conscience-cannot-support-abortion-bill-1.3668370

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Ireland – Women to get abortion pills direct from GPs

Women to get abortion pills direct from GPs

Eilish O'Regan
October 16 2018

Women who have a medical abortion can be dispensed medication by their GP or hospital doctor.

It will mean that women who avail of abortion, when the law extending the grounds for termination is in force, will not have to fill a prescription in a pharmacy.

This will help to preserve their privacy and avert the need to have to produce a prescription script in public.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/women-to-get-abortion-pills-direct-from-gps-37424459.html

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Ireland – Sinn Féin warns against ‘filibustering’ during abortion bill debate

Sinn Féin warns against 'filibustering' during abortion bill debate

Tuesday, 16 Oct 2018
By Conor McMorrow, Reporter, RTÉ Political Staff

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has asked for a "full, deliberative and frank debate" on the legislation to change Ireland's abortion laws but cautioned against filibustering.

The debate on the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018 resumed this evening. Ms McDonald said "this legislation will require very, very careful thought and deliberation".

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/2018/1016/1004645-abortion-dail-debate/

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Ireland – Abortion ultrasounds may be contracted

Abortion ultrasounds may be contracted

Monday, October 15, 2018
By Catherine Shanahan, Health Correspondent

The option of contracting commercial scanning clinics to provide an ultrasound service to women seeking an abortion, under proposed new legislation, is being considered.

However, doctors have queried how they will source the required expertise, given that there is a shortage of sonographers.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/abortion-ultrasounds-may-be-contracted-875732.html

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Waiting times, deadlines and objections: Issues before abortion introduced

Waiting times, deadlines and objections: Issues before abortion introduced

Updated / Sunday, 14 Oct 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

When the Government promised a referendum on the Eighth Amendment last year few would have predicted that Ministers would hope to establish abortion services in Ireland by next January.

Legislation allowing for terminations in Ireland was introduced in the Dáil just over a week ago. But it is uncertain whether the Government will meet that timeline.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/analysis-and-comment/2018/1012/1002851-abortion-delays-objections/

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Draft abortion law ‘could face freedom of conscience case’

Draft abortion law 'could face freedom of conscience case'

Updated / Sunday, 14 Oct 2018
By Joe Little, Religious & Social Affairs Correspondent

A leading member of the Medico-Legal Alliance has hinted that the country's draft abortion law may face a legal challenge similar to the Asher's Bakery freedom of conscience case.

Senior Counsel Ben Ó Floinn said it would be regrettable if such a challenge became necessary in order to secure a wide-ranging freedom of conscience for doctors who will not provide terminations.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/2018/1013/1002952-abortion-conscience/

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When Abortion Is Illegal, Women Rarely Die. But They Still Suffer.

When Abortion Is Illegal, Women Rarely Die. But They Still Suffer.
A look at what happens when abortion is forbidden, from countries where it still is

Olga Khazan
Oct 11, 2018

In August, the Argentine Senate rejected a bill that would have decriminalized abortion in the country within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Less than a week later, the newspaper Clairín reported that a 34-year-old woman died from septic shock after attempting to terminate her own pregnancy using parsley.

The woman, referred to only as Elizabeth, became one of the 40-some Argentine women who die each year from unsafe abortions. “Illegality forces the poorest women to use the most desperate practices,” one doctor was quoted as saying.

Continued: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/10/how-many-women-die-illegal-abortions/572638/

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Ireland – Stakeholders meet on introduction of abortion services

Stakeholders meet on introduction of abortion services
Simon Harris said it was a priority of the Government to develop a woman-centred, safe and regulated service in January 2019

Monday, 8 Oct 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely

A round-table discussion has taken place between the main stakeholders in the introduction of abortion services. The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, the Chairman of the Institute of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians, Dr Peter Boylan, and officials from Department of Health met last week to discuss the issue.

Concerns were raised last month at the Oireachtas Committee on Health over the need for the Department, the HSE and clinical stakeholders to meet about the service which is expected to be up and running in January.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1008/1001696-abortion/

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