Jodi Picoult: ‘Abortion will become a privilege, not a right’

Jodi Picoult: ‘Abortion will become a privilege, not a right’
Reproductive rights are under attack in the US, the bestselling Spark of Light author says

Nov 10, 2018
Catherine Conroy

“It’s a child. Not a choice. Isn’t it?”

This is the short, provocative synopsis on the back cover of Jodi Picoult’s latest novel, A Spark of Light, the story of a hostage situation in an abortion clinic in Mississippi.

I received a review copy of the book in late May of this year, just days after Ireland’s abortion referendum, when the arguments were still ringing in our ears. It felt like the matter was finally settled here, at least in the short term.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/jodi-picoult-abortion-will-become-a-privilege-not-a-right-1.3673133

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‘This country has spoken on abortion – yet a cohort of our politicians think it’s OK to abuse their power to try to thwart these hard-won reproductive rights’

Martina Devlin: 'This country has spoken on abortion - yet a cohort of our politicians think it's OK to abuse their power to try to thwart these hard-won reproductive rights'

Martina Devlin
November 10 2018

Five-and-a-half months ago, the people voted by two to one in favour of abortion reform - a decisive majority which cannot be misinterpreted. This week, a small group of men and women on the Oireachtas Health Committee appeared to be trying to undermine that result.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/martina-devlin-this-country-has-spoken-on-abortion-yet-a-cohort-of-our-politicians-think-its-ok-to-abuse-their-power-to-try-to-thwart-these-hardwon-reproductive-rights-37513175.html

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Ireland – 25% of GPs won’t provide abortion service, finds poll

25% of GPs won’t provide abortion service, finds poll

Friday, November 9, 2018
By Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner Reporter

A quarter of GPs will not provide an abortion service and would be reluctant to refer a pregnant woman to a colleague, a survey by the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) found.

The ICGP’s online consultation process noted only a third (32%) of the 3,500 GPs surveyed are currently willing and able to provide termination of pregnancy services.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/25-of-gps-wont-provide-abortion-service-finds-poll-884224.html

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Ireland – 200 amendments but only one is passed as abortion debate rages on

200 amendments but only one is passed as abortion debate rages on

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
November 9 2018

After three days of intense debate that was often impassioned and deeply personal, only one of 180 amendments to the abortion bill was accepted.

Simon Harris, the health minister, added a clause that will mean the bill legalising terminations will be reviewed after five years. However, that will be shortened to three years at a later stage. The legislation was being examined by a select health committee.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/200-amendments-but-only-one-is-passed-as-abortion-debate-rages-on-crvnpf8jr

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Simon Harris expected to compromise on number of changes in Abortion Bill

Simon Harris expected to compromise on number of changes in Abortion Bill

Friday, November 09, 2018
By Elaine Loughlin, Political Correspondent

Health Minister Simon Harris is expected to reach compromise on a number of changes put forward to the Abortion Bill.

The Termination of Pregnancy Bill passed Committee stage this week, however, Mr Harris will meet members of the Health Committee on Tuesday to thrash out a significant number of amendments which he promised to review before the Bill goes to Report stage.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/simon-harris-expected-to-compromise-on-number-of-changes-in-abortion-bill-884446.html

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Women who have a medical abortion ‘likely to need three visits to GP’, says health chairman

Women who have a medical abortion 'likely to need three visits to GP', says health chairman

Friday 8 November 2018
Eilish O'Regan

Women who are certified for a medical abortion are likely to have to make three visits to their GP, the Oireachtas health committee has heard.

Dr Michael Harty, chairman of the committee and who is also a GP, said it was important the woman gets a face-to-face consulation with the doctor.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/women-who-have-a-medical-abortion-likely-to-need-three-visits-to-gp-says-health-chairman-37505041.html

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New book shines a light on abortion access

New book shines a light on abortion access

“Crossing Trouble Waters: Abortion in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Prince Edward Island” launches November 19

Thursday, November 8, 2018

“Crossing Troubled Waters” is published by Island Studies Press

A new book from Island Studies Press will examine and compare the stories of abortion access in Prince Edward Island and Ireland. Crossing Troubled Waters: Abortion in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Prince Edward Island is co-edited by UPEI’s Dr. Colleen MacQuarrie. The book launches Monday, November 19 at 4:00 pm in Schurman Market Square of UPEI’s Don and Marion McDougall Hall.

Continued: http://www.upei.ca/communications/news/2018/11/new-book-shines-light-abortion-access

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Ireland – Committee finishes considering abortion legislation

Committee finishes considering abortion legislation

Thursday, 8 Nov 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

Consideration of the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill at Committee Stage has ended tonight following three days of examination.

The Select Oireachtas Committee on Health spent three days discussing 180 amendments to the legislation.

The Minister for Health did not accept any changes to the legislation.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1108/1009600-abortion-legislation-committee/

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Anti-abortion TDs fail in ‘grotesque’ attempt to force burials

Anti-abortion TDs fail in ‘grotesque’ attempt to force burials

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
November 8 2018

Up to ten anti-abortion TDs have failed in an attempt to make access to terminations more restrictive after their proposals were dismissed as “grotesque” and offensive to women.

A health committee will today finish examining a new bill to allow legal access to abortion for the first time in Ireland. Yesterday, TDs on the committee overwhelmingly voted against measures designed to make terminations harder to access.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/anti-abortion-tds-fail-in-grotesque-attempt-to-force-burials-p7fls8bx0

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Ireland – Heated exchanges as TDs consider changes to abortion legislation

Heated exchanges as TDs consider changes to abortion legislation
Harris says law will not allow women to seek terminations on basis of sex, race, disability

Wed, Nov 7, 2018
Sarah Burns

There were heated exchanges as TDs debated proposed changes to the State’s abortion legislation on Wednesday but Minister for Health Simon Harris has not yet accepted any of the 145 amendments considered.

The Oireachtas Health Committee concluded its second day of debate on the 180 proposed amendments to the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/heated-exchanges-as-tds-consider-changes-to-abortion-legislation-1.3689608

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