30th June 2020
In response to the publication today of the 2019 Annual report on abortion statistics by the outgoing Minister for Health, Amnesty welcomes the progress made for the 6,666 pregnant people who were able to access free, safe and legal abortion care in this country.
“Last year, 6,666 women and girls were able to receive abortion care within our own health system. To go from a country that exiled women seeking abortions two years ago, to one that is caring for them at home is such an important step forward. There are some wide variations in the numbers across counties, though. The new government must ensure abortion services are available and accessible to all pregnant people in the state,” said Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland.
Press release, Abortion Rights Campaign
June 30, 2020
“The release of Ireland’s first abortion figures demonstrates a reality we have long known to be true: Irish people get abortions. They always have, they always will. Now, for the first time in the country’s history, free, safe, legal abortion is possible; the repeal of the 8th has brought an end to forced travel overseas or importing pills illegally for many in Ireland,” said Cathie Shiels, Co-convener of the Abortion Rights Campaign.
These figures, which showed that 6,666 people had an abortion in Ireland in 2019, are not comparable to statistics used in the past. Previously, we have relied on UK data which we always knew to be an undercount that failed to capture Irish residents who gave UK addresses, travelled to other destinations overseas or imported pills illegally.
Anti-abortion doctors work with controversial US activists to promote unproven 'reversals'
Reporter was offered drug over phone by Irish GP
May 26 2020
Irish doctors are working with a US anti-abortion group linked to the Trump White House to promote an unproven "abortion reversal" treatment.
The HSE has warned that "abortion reversal" does not exist, and is not a reliable medical practice.
Malta looks to Ireland in campaign for legal abortion
Monday, 25 May 2020
By Ailbhe Conneely, Social Affairs & Religion Correspondent
The second anniversary of the referendum on the 8th amendment has arrived, and has barely made a dent in the news coverage due to Covid-19.
Arguably, the appetite for the story is no longer there, but it is a topic that will never be far from the headlines.
Legislation underpinning the current service will be reviewed next year, for example.
IFPA YouTube series to support people who need abortion care during COVID-19
Videos were created to help those accessing abortion services during the pandemic
Irish Family Planning Association
Published May 7th, 2020
To support people who are experiencing an unintended pregnancy or a pregnancy that has become a crisis during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the Irish Family Planning Association has launched a series of videos to assist those who need abortion care.
IFPA COVID-19 abortion care videos
Getting healthcare over the phone is new to most people. The Irish Family Planning Association want those accessing abortion services to be at ease when they speak to the doctor and to be well-prepared and comfortable about managing an abortion at home. To help to do this, they have created additional supports and new information materials.
Pro-life group criticises temporary change to abortion services
The previous model of care allowed for two visits to a GP, but now these visits will be remote consultations
Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020
By Ailbhe Conneely, Social Affairs & Religion Correspondent
Campaigners against abortion have criticised the Minister for Health for issuing new service guidelines due to the Covid-19 emergency.
Currently, services for termination in early pregnancy require a medical practitioner to examine a pregnant woman before coming to the reasonable opinion that her pregnancy has not exceeded 12 weeks.
Coronavirus: Concern crisis could prevent timely access to abortion services
Women’s groups say need to visit a GP twice in three days ‘irreconcilable’ with restricted travel
Fri, Mar 27, 2020
Kitty Holland, Social Affairs Correspondent
Doctors and women’s groups are concerned that timely access to abortion services could be compromised during the coronavirus outbreak.
They say the legal requirement that a woman seeking an early medical abortion (before 12 weeks) must make two GP visits, three days apart, is “irreconcilable” with current public health advice to avoid all but essential travel.
Renewed call for safe access zones for abortion services
Monday, 6 Jan 2020
By Ailbhe Conneely
The Abortion Rights Alliance has used Nollaig na mBan to issue a statement calling for safe and accessible abortion provision. In a statement, spokesperson Charlene Delaney said "many continue to be left behind by the failings in our legislation".
She has accused the Government of failing to deliver or introduce legislation on safe access zones, which it has promised on countless occasions.
Abortion: Minister warns of exclusion zones after hospital protests
Maternity hospital street protests ‘sickening’ and ‘anti-democratic’, says Simon Harris
Jan 2, 2019
Paul Cullen Health Editor
Local authorities could be given powers to impose exclusion zones outside maternity hospitals preventing anti-abortion protests, Minister for Health Simon Harris has suggested.
Another option Mr Harris said he was examining was to engage with the Minister for Justice in relation to legislation governing intimidation and harassment.
Anti-abortion protest sparks renewed calls for exclusion zones
Simon Harris ‘appalled’ by protest by 100 people outside National Maternity Hospital
Wed, Jan 1, 2020
There have been renewed calls for the imposition of exclusion zones outside maternity units after anti-abortion activists protested outside the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin on New Year’s Day.
About 100 people, some carrying small crosses and banners, demonstrated outside the hospital on Holles Street for several hours on Wednesday.