Ireland – Explainer: What could Ireland’s abortion exclusion zones look like?

Explainer: What could Ireland's abortion exclusion zones look like?
The government aims to have draft legislation in place by the summer.

Feb 23, 2019

FOLLOWING A SERIES of anti-abortion protests since Ireland’s termination of pregnancy legislation came into effect on 1 January, the issue of exclusion zones around clinics and GP practices has become a pressing issue.

On 3 January, two days after abortion services became legal in the state, a group of pro-life protesters picketed a GP practice in Galway.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/explainer-what-could-irelands-abortion-exclusion-zones-look-like-4501125-Feb2019/

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Ireland – US anti-abortion activists tell Irish women that abortion will be rape-like

US anti-abortion activists tell Irish women that abortion will be rape-like
The target of their campaigns -- couples who have been told their fetus has a fatal abnormality.

Eliza Archer
Feb 21, 2019

American anti-abortion organizations have been descending on Ireland following the country's legalization of the procedure in January. The Sidewalk Advocates for life (SAFL) have been using American examples and training and applying it to an Irish context with the opening of Gianna Care -- a Dublin based anti-abortion crisis pregnancy center.

The target of their campaigns -- couples who have been told their fetus has a fatal abnormality. The organization is reportedly training their members to wait in car parks for these couples and then convince them not to proceed with the abortion.

Continued: https://newsmavens.com/news/smoke-signals/2385/us-anti-abortion-activists-tell-irish-women-that-abortion-will-be-rape-like

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Ireland’s new abortion service is the envy of many healthcare systems

Ireland’s new abortion service is the envy of many healthcare systems
I am incredibly proud as a GP to be part of something so worthwhile and rewarding

Thu, Feb 21, 2019
Mark Murphy

I never thought I would be a provider of abortion services. It’s not that surprising really. Abortion was not mentioned once in the medical curriculum when I qualified 14 years ago. It was an unspoken phenomenon, a secret reality. Before I became a GP, I never had a real conversation about abortion. It’s astonishing to consider that fact now, knowing that 25 million unsafe abortions happen each year, mostly in developing countries. High-profile legal cases, such as the X Case, were not seen as healthcare issues by our profession.

The threat of criminalisation contributed to this silence– a chilling effect, with doctors worried if they provided information or if they acted outside of the constitutional restraints, imposed by the Eighth Amendment. Though there are notable exceptions, including the Irish Family Planning Association, it is a sad epitaph that it took so long for the medical profession to find its voice.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/ireland-s-new-abortion-service-is-the-envy-of-many-healthcare-systems-1.3800440

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Ireland – ‘How to keep abortion numbers down? Free contraception and better education’

Dr Brendan O'Shea: 'How to keep abortion numbers down? Free contraception and better education'

Dr Brendan O'Shea
February 20 2019

The first call to our practice on January 2, at 9.01am, was a hesitant voice requesting an appointment regarding a crisis pregnancy.

The health system had been on six months' notice that early medical termination of pregnancy was 'switching on' from January 1, particularly the 180 general practices where a GP and practice team had opted into the scheme.

The Irish College of General Practitioners' (ICGP) women's health programme had communicated intensely with GPs, devising under the most unsparing and critical gaze of the nation evidence-based guidelines, in keeping with new legislation and best practice.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/dr-brendan-oshea-how-to-keep-abortion-numbers-down-free-contraception-and-better-education-37834039.html

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Ireland – Harris told of fear over abortion ‘barriers’ in rural areas

Harris told of fear over abortion 'barriers' in rural areas

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A “sparse” rural abortion service is forcing pregnant women to travel long distances for a termination, pro-choice groups claim. They also describe the mandatory three-day waiting period for an abortion as “a significant barrier” for rural pregnant women.

The 35 pro-choice groups have written to Health Minister Simon Harris to express their “fear and disappointment” that some women are still unable to access timely abortion care.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/harris-told-of-fear-over-abortion-barriers-in-rural-areas-905375.html

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Ireland – Anti-abortion activist launches new website following injunction

Anti-abortion activist launches new website following injunction
Campaigner’s previous site was alleged to be confusingly similar to HSE crisis pregnancy hub

Feb 19, 2019
Jack Horgan-Jones, Sarah Burns

An anti-abortion activist has insisted that a new website he has launched is not covered by a High Court injunction secured against him for a separate site which was alleged to be confusingly similar to the official HSE crisis pregnancy service offering.

The site, myabortionchoices.com, is similar in design and content to another site run by Eamonn Murphy, which was the subject of the injunction sought by the health service last week.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/anti-abortion-activist-launches-new-website-following-injunction-1.3798132

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Ireland – Gardaí examine CCTV over anti-abortion graffiti at GP surgery

Gardaí examine CCTV over anti-abortion graffiti at GP surgery
Targeted Longford GP’s daughter says vandals should get their ‘facts and English right’

Mon, Feb 18, 2019
Mark Hilliard, Liam Cosgrove in Longford

Gardaí have begun examining CCTV footage at a Longford medical practice, which was vandalised with anti-abortion graffiti in the early hours of Monday.

The facade of the premises was covered in graffiti featuring inflammatory slogans, including referring to the “murder” of “unborn Longford children”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/garda%C3%AD-examine-cctv-over-anti-abortion-graffiti-at-gp-surgery-1.3797845

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Ireland – Simon Harris slams US anti-abortion group tactics as ‘manipulative’ and reveals plans for exclusion zone laws

Simon Harris slams US anti-abortion group tactics as ‘manipulative’ and reveals plans for exclusion zone laws
It was revealed today that Sidewalk Advocates For Life (SAFL) plan to expand their presence in Ireland following the legislation of abortion

By Elsa McEvoy
18th February 2019

MINISTER for Health Simon Harris has slammed US anti-abortion group tactics as "manipulative" and disrespectful of the democratic process.

Sidewalk Advocates For Life (SAFL) plan to expand their presence in Ireland following the legislation of abortion, The Times Ireland revealed today.

Continued: https://www.thesun.ie/news/3769177/simon-harris-slams-anti-abortion-group-tactics-manipulative/

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Ireland – Longford councillor hits out at ‘very personal’ comments against GP in anti-abortion graffiti

Longford councillor hits out at 'very personal' comments against GP in anti-abortion graffiti

Monday, February 18, 2019
By Digital Desk staff

Update: A Longford councillor has told of the shock and dismay in the town at the vandalism of a local GP’s premises which was covered in anti-abortion graffiti, writes Vivienne Clarke.

“This is a very busy GP practice and it is very distressing for all the patients accessing services today,” Cllr Joe Flaherty told RTE’s News at One.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/gp-surgery-daubed-with-anti-abortion-graffiti-905209.html

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Ireland – Anti-abortion activist told he risks prison if site is not taken down

Anti-abortion activist told he risks prison if site is not taken down

Shane Phelan
February 16 2019

An anti-abortion activist has been warned he could end up in jail if he does not comply with a court order to take down a website with a similar name to the HSE's 'My Options' unplanned pregnancy advice service.

The HSE secured the High Court order against Eamonn Murphy after alleging his website was misleading members of the public into thinking it provided objective counselling and information services.

continued: https://www.independent.ie/ca/irish-news/courts/antiabortion-activist-told-he-risks-prison-if-site-is-not-taken-down-37821933.html

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