Ireland’s Path to Legalizing Abortion

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Ireland’s Path to Legalizing Abortion
At a time when the United States may render it illegal

Shirley Graham
July 5, 2018

On May 25, 2018, I traveled from Washington, D.C., to Dublin to vote in a referendum that would decide whether women in Ireland would have full access to their reproductive healthcare and rights. I was one of the 40,000 diaspora Irish who returned from different corners of the globe (only recent emigres were eligible) to be part of a feminist movement that would make history. When the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution was passed the next day with 66 percent voting in favor, the country heaved a collective sigh of relief.

In the lead-up to the referendum, women were forced to share previously untold stories of private ordeals and personal tragedies in order to persuade the Irish population that it could no longer export this problem to the United Kingdom.

Continued: http://prospect.org/article/ireland%E2%80%99s-path-legalizing-abortion

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After the Eighth: A fatal foetal diagnosis, but too sick to travel

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After the Eighth: A fatal foetal diagnosis, but too sick to travel
‘It was awful ... I was wanting something bad to happen to me so they’d induce me’

Mon, Jul 2, 2018
Kitty Holland Social Affairs Correspondent

Aisling McNevin (26) was diagnosed with having a fatal foetal abnormality less than a week after the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment was passed.

She was 21 weeks pregnant, bleeding heavily and had high blood pressure. She was too ill to travel abroad for a termination but could not have one in Ireland because there was “still a foetal heartbeat”.

It had “all started” the day of the referendum, she says.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/after-the-eighth-a-fatal-foetal-diagnosis-but-too-sick-to-travel-1.3550290

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Ireland – Claims ministers ‘duped’ voters in Eighth referendum rejected

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Claims ministers ‘duped’ voters in Eighth referendum rejected
High Court hearing action by Drogheda man seeking to challenge referendum result

June 27, 2018
Mary Carolan

Government ministers do not have to meet standards of “legal accuracy” when campaigning in referendums and only an extreme situation might entitle the courts to intervene in their campaigning, the State has told the High Court.

No such situation arose concerning how Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris campaigned in favour of repealing the anti-abortion Eighth amendment, Frank Callanan SC said.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/claims-ministers-duped-voters-in-eighth-referendum-rejected-1.3545559

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Introduction of legislation on abortion not possible before summer break

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Introduction of legislation on abortion not possible before summer break
No mention of abortion Bill in list of 19 Bills Government is seeking to progress in next fortnight

June 27, 2018
Pat Leahy

The Government has conceded it will not now be possible to introduce legislation on abortion before the summer break, significantly extending the time before the legislation is on the statute books.

In a document circulated to members of the Dáil Business Committee, the Government has listed a large number of Bills it intends to bring to the House before the summer recess begins in mid-July. However, there is no mention of the abortion Bill in the list of 19 Bills that the Government is seeking progress on in the next fortnight.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/introduction-of-legislation-on-abortion-not-possible-before-summer-break-1.3544827

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Student Leadership Helped to Legalize Abortion in Ireland

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Student Leadership Helped to Legalize Abortion in Ireland

June 27, 2018
by Addie Duckett

On May 25, in a huge win for women, people across Ireland voted overwhelmingly to support the repeal of the eighth amendment to Ireland’s constitution. The referendum passed with 66.4% voting ‘yes’ in a rebuke of the draconian abortion laws that have governed the country for decades. This vote follows the 2015 passage of the Marriage Equality act, marking a trend of successful liberalization efforts largely indebted to the dedication of youth and student leadership throughout the country.

The eighth amendment, originally passed in 1983, established the equal right to life of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses, outlawing abortion in nearly all cases. Until 1992, it also remained illegal to travel abroad to seek an abortion, though many women still did so.

Continued: http://feministcampus.org/student-leadership-helped-to-legalize-abortion-in-ireland/

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Ireland – Man makes claim of ‘electoral fraud’ in High Court case against abortion referendum result

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Man makes claim of 'electoral fraud' in High Court case against abortion referendum result

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
By Ann O'Loughlin

A man seeking leave to challenge the result of the abortion referendum has claimed the Taoiseach and Minister for Health had made “misleading” statements which “duped” some people into voting Yes and “materially affected” the outcome.

Charles Byrne claims Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris were not permitted under the Constitution to advocate for a Yes vote and made statements which impermissibly interfered with the conduct of the referendum.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/man-makes-claim-of-electoral-fraud-in-high-court-case-against-abortion-referendum-result-851297.html

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Northern Ireland – Anti-abortion group targets North via Google

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Anti-abortion group targets North via Google

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
June 22 2018

An anti-abortion crisis pregnancy agency is targeting women in Northern Ireland after last month’s referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

Ask Majella, which is run by Human Life International Ireland, was previously exposed giving misleading “advice”. Activists were secretly recorded by The Times claiming that abortion causes breast cancer and could result in women losing their reproductive organs and that sex could kill.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/anti-abortion-group-targets-north-via-google-s33v0x3lk

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Ireland – Clinton lauds ‘grassroots activism’ behind abortion vote

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Clinton lauds ‘grassroots activism’ behind abortion vote
Former US presidential candidate calls Russia ‘a danger to democracy’ at Trinity lecture

Fri, Jun 22, 2018
Simon Carswell

At a public lecture in Trinity College, Dublin, Hillary Clinton praised the 'grass roots activism' that helped to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Video: TCD Communications

Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lauded the “grassroots activism” behind last month’s referendum vote to remove the constitutional ban on abortion and an outcome that represented “the voices and views of the Irish people”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/clinton-lauds-grassroots-activism-behind-abortion-vote-1.3540279

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Ireland – Abolish three-day waiting period for abortion, TD demands

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Abolish three-day waiting period for abortion, TD demands
Heads of a Bill to regulate the termination of pregnancy is due to be published next month

Fri, Jun 22, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger has called on the Government to remove the three-day waiting period from the proposed abortion legislation.

Ms Coppinger has sent a lengthy submission to Minister for Health Simon Harris, who is preparing a Bill to regulate the termination of pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abolish-three-day-waiting-period-for-abortion-td-demands-1.3540373

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Ireland – Minister wants abortion services in place from next January

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Minister wants abortion services in place from next January

Thursday, 21 Jun 2018
By Joe Mag Raollaigh

The Minister for Health has reiterated that he wants to introduce abortion services from January 2019.

Speaking at the AGM of the National Women's Council, Simon Harris said that there are a number of legal challenges to the referendum result and he respects the court must do its work.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/0621/972142-national-womens-council/

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