Pro-choice campaigners target North’s abortion laws

Pro-choice campaigners target North’s abortion laws
Women’s rights activists confident 2019 will see North’s restrictive regime reformed

Mon, Jan 7, 2019
Amanda Ferguson Belfast

Ashleigh Topley was devastated to learn at her 20-week scan that her baby had a fatal foetal abnormality and “would never take a breath”.

“Being denied a termination and then being forced to endure 15 weeks of willing my much-wanted daughter’s heart to stop and waiting for the pregnancy to end naturally can only be described as torture,” she says.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/pro-choice-campaigners-target-north-s-abortion-laws-1.3749396

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Ireland – Campaigners protest at Drogheda hospital over ‘first abortion’

Campaigners protest at Drogheda hospital over ‘first abortion’
‘Democracy is a very useful tool but it cannot dictate right and wrong,’ says activist

Mon, Jan 7, 2019
Elaine Keogh, Martin Wall

A group of “concerned citizens” stood in protest outside Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Co Louth on Monday morning after it was claimed on social media that the first abortion at the hospital was scheduled to take place.

The hospital has a busy maternity unit that serves a large portion of the north east of the country.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/campaigners-protest-at-drogheda-hospital-over-first-abortion-1.3750072

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Ireland – Legislation aims to tackle anti-abortion protests

Legislation aims to tackle anti-abortion protests

Monday, 7 Jan 2019
By Sharon Tobin

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to move ahead with legislation that would provide for safe access zones around facilities providing abortion services.

The minister described it as "quite sad" that anti-abortion protesters would gather outside hospitals or harass individuals and medical professionals on social media.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2019/0107/1021749-drogheda-hospital/

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Ireland – First widespread administration of abortion pills likely to take place today

First widespread administration of abortion pills likely to take place today
Law requires at least three days elapse between a consultation and a termination

Jan 7, 2018
Paul Cullen

Today marks the day when Ireland’s new abortion service gets under way in earnest, with the first women likely to receive their medication in GP surgeries around the State.

With legislation requiring that at least three days elapse between a consultation with a doctor and a termination, a woman who visited a GP surgery that reopened last Wednesday, January 2nd, would have been due to take mifepristone, a drug that stops the pregnancy, on Saturday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/first-widespread-administration-of-abortion-pills-likely-to-take-place-today-1.3749467

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Ireland – Eilis O’Hanlon: ‘Abortion battle is won, so what’s next on the agenda?’

Eilis O'Hanlon: 'Abortion battle is won, so what's next on the agenda?'
Those who campaigned to liberalise Irish abortion law are now in charge and will have no one else to blame for what goes wrong

Eilis O'Hanlon
January 6 2019

It may be the most overused word in politics, but, if anything deserves to be called "historic", the launch of legal abortion services in Ireland undoubtedly qualifies.

As of the first day of January, Irish women will now be offered terminations of pregnancy free of charge at home rather than having to travel to another country, and 20 of them called the HSE-funded MyOptions hotline in the first 24 hours of 2019 to speak to counsellors.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/eilis-ohanlon-abortion-battle-is-won-so-whats-next-on-the-agenda-37683895.html

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Ireland – No abortion service being provided in four counties

No abortion service being provided in four counties
Not a single GP in Sligo, Leitrim, Carlow and Offaly signs up to the new service

Sat, Jan 5, 2019
Paul Cullen

No abortions are being provided in Sligo, Leitrim, Carlow and Offaly because not a single GP in the four counties has signed up to the new service.

At the end of the first week since abortion became legal, the number of GPs who have agreed to perform medical abortions has risen to 200, from 187 on Wednesday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/no-abortion-service-being-provided-in-four-counties-1.3748059

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Ireland – ‘What if someone is 11 weeks now?’: Concerns that HSE’s abortion helpline fails to provide for deaf people

'What if someone is 11 weeks now?': Concerns that HSE's abortion helpline fails to provide for deaf people
The HSE says it is working to make the phone line accessible “as soon as possible”.

Jan 5, 2019

DISABILITY CAMPAIGNERS HAVE raised concerns about the HSE’s My Options crisis pregnancy hotline not being accessible to people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Following last year’s vote in favour of liberalising Ireland’s abortion laws, terminations became available at hospitals, family planning services and GPs on New Year’s Day.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/my-options-deaf-service-4422012-Jan2019/

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Ireland – Call for immediate exclusion zones after anti-abortion picket

Call for immediate exclusion zones after anti-abortion picket
HSE warns websites are claiming to offer services using variation of official MyOptions site

Jan 4, 2019
Vivienne Clarke, Paul Cullen

Veteran abortion services campaigner Ailbhe Smyth has called on the Minister for Health Simon Harris to introduce legislation immediately for exclusion zones around medical practices offering terminations.

Ms Smyth’s call, on Newstalk’s Breakfast programme, comes after an anti-abortion group protested outside a Galway GP practice on Thursday, just three days after termination services became legal in the State.
Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/call-for-immediate-exclusion-zones-after-anti-abortion-picket-1.3747644

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Activists protest against Ireland’s new abortion services

Activists protest against Ireland's new abortion services
Pro-choice groups condemn picket of clinic as health service warns of fake websites

Rory Carroll, Ireland correspondent
Fri 4 Jan 2019

Anti-abortion activists have struck back against Ireland’s introduction of abortion services by picketing a clinic and by launching potentially misleading websites that mimic the state’s support service for unplanned pregnancies.

A group holding placards protested outside a doctor’s office in Galway on Thursday in an effort to deter women from seeking abortion pills just three days after abortion services became legal.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/04/activists-protest-against-irelands-new-abortion-services

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Ireland – Not all ‘confirmed’ hospitals ready to provide abortion service

Not all ‘confirmed’ hospitals ready to provide abortion service
HSE warns hospitals not to restrict services to women from their catchment area

Jan 3, 2019
Paul Cullen

The number of hospitals providing abortions is lower than the nine officially announced in the run-up to the introduction of the service.

Of the maternity units in the State, nine were “confirmed” as being ready to provide the service, Government sources told journalists before Christmas. Another 10 were not ready.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/not-all-confirmed-hospitals-ready-to-provide-abortion-service-1.3747176

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