UK – Ealing abortion clinic buffer zone comes into force

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Ealing abortion clinic buffer zone comes into force

23 April 2018

A buffer zone has come into force around an abortion clinic in west London.

The order means neither anti-abortion nor pro-choice campaigners are able to stand within 100m (330 ft) of the Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing.

Councillors voted unanimously to implement the safe zone after women complained of intimidation.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-43864465

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Britain enforces first abortion clinic exclusion zone

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Britain enforces first abortion clinic exclusion zone

Apr 23, 2018

LONDON (AFP) - A ban on pro-life protests outside an abortion clinic in London came into force on Monday (April 23) in a first that pro-choice campaigners hope will set a precedent for the country.

The local authority in Ealing, west London, imposed an exclusion zone after claims that women and staff at the Marie Stopes clinic were being intimidated and harassed by vigils that have been held outside the building for more than 20 years.

Continued: https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/britain-enforces-first-abortion-clinic-exclusion-zone

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Trump’s State Department Erases Reproductive Rights From Human Rights Report

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Trump’s State Department Erases Reproductive Rights From Human Rights Report

Apr 23, 2018
Ally Boguhn

The U.S. State Department’s annual human rights report this year omitted reproductive rights, sparking outcry from advocates.

The report, titled “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017,” is meant to “document the status of human rights and worker rights in nearly 200 countries and territories” and is “used by a variety of actors, including the U.S. Congress, the executive branch, and the judicial branch as a factual resource for decision making in matters ranging from assistance to asylum.”

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/04/23/trumps-state-department-erases-reproductive-rights-human-rights-report/

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Fintan O’Toole: How I discovered what I felt about abortion

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Fintan O'Toole: How I discovered what I felt about abortion
I was 18 when asked to help a girl get an abortion. I knew it was not about me, it was about her

April 23, 2018
Fintan O'Toole

When I was 18, I knew nothing about anything and even less about abortion. I had never really thought about it. I suppose I had a vague feeling that it was a bad thing, to be contemplated only in extreme circumstances. And then in summer 1976 I had to discover what I felt about abortion. It took me all of 30 seconds.

Very few people in my part of the world went to university. I was a student in UCD. This lent me an aura of sophistication and knowingness that was laughably distant from the truth. But because of it, a male friend my own age called in and asked me to go with him to his house. His mother and father were in the sitting room with his sister who was, I think, 16. She was pregnant and she had made up her mind that she did not want to have the baby. Did I know how to go about arranging to have an abortion in England?

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/fintan-o-toole-how-i-discovered-what-i-felt-about-abortion-1.3471554

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El Salvador: Lawmakers must approve bill to decriminalize abortion

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El Salvador: Lawmakers must approve bill to decriminalize abortion
23 April 2018

El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly must seize the historic opportunity to decriminalize abortion before the current legislative cycle closes at the end of April, said Amnesty International today.

“Having wasted several opportunities to decriminalize abortion in recent weeks, El Salvador’s lawmakers must act now to pass this landmark reform, which would save the lives of countless women and girls,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International.

Continued: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/el-salvador-lawmakers-must-approve-bill-to-decriminalize-abortion/

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Irish emigrants urged #HomeToVote in abortion referendum

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Irish emigrants urged #HomeToVote in abortion referendum
London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign releases video rallying citizens abroad to return for 25 May

Harriet Sherwood
Mon 23 Apr 2018

Irish emigrants are being urged in a new video to travel home to vote in favour of overturning the country’s constitutional ban on abortion in a referendum next month.

The London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign has released the two-minute video, filmed in six countries, to encourage Irish citizens abroad to exercise their right to vote in the historic referendum on 25 May.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/23/irish-emigrants-urged-hometovote-in-abortion-referendum

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Yes campaign hopes to narrow the gap in conservative Roscommon

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Yes campaign hopes to narrow the gap in conservative Roscommon
County has ‘a lot of silent Yes voters who are afraid to say openly they will vote Yes’

Mon, Apr 23, 2018
Harry McGee in Co Roscommon

Roscommon-South Leitrim achieved a brief moment of notoriety after the 2015 same-sex marriage referendum when it was the only constituency in the State that voted No.

It was a marginal thing. Other constituencies such as Donegal South West and Cavan-Monaghan had voted Yes by a hair’s breadth. But that cut little slack when the narrative came to be written.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/yes-campaign-hopes-to-narrow-the-gap-in-conservative-roscommon-1.3470222

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Ireland – Labour complains of ‘concerted’ attempts to tear down Yes posters

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Labour complains of ‘concerted’ attempts to tear down Yes posters
Deputy Jan O’Sullivan gives video to gardaí showing posters being removed in Limerick

April 23, 2018
Ronan McGreevy

Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan has given evidence to gardaí of her party’s Yes posters being pulled down in her native Limerick city.

Ms O’Sullivan claimed there was a “concerted” attempt to remove Labour party posters, which are advocating a Yes in the abortion referendum campaign, and said at least 50 had been taken down in the last week. “There’s very few of them left,” she said on Sunday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/labour-complains-of-concerted-attempts-to-tear-down-yes-posters-1.3471016

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Ireland – Anti-abortion posters fail to take account of life

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Anti-abortion posters fail to take account of life
The signs risk oversimplifying the issues in the Eighth Amendment referendum

Mon, Apr 23, 2018
Chris Fitzpatrick

As I cycle to work foetuses look down at me from posters high up on the lampposts. They are as big as new-born babies. They tell me that their hearts are beating. They tell me that they can kick and yawn. They ask me to protect them. Their words are meant to hit you where it hurts most – in your heart.

The foetuses on the posters have no mothers. They are advanced for their age. They have grown-up thoughts. They choose their words carefully. They know how to get your attention. They know how to make you feel bad. I cycle on.

continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/anti-abortion-posters-fail-to-take-account-of-life-1.3470187

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UK – At least eight local authorities in England are examining whether to follow Ealing’s lead

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At least eight local authorities in England are examining whether to follow Ealing’s lead

Sarah Marsh
Mon 23 Apr 2018

Eight councils in England are considering setting up abortion clinic buffer zones after pro-choice groups said the number of “intimidating” protests was on the rise.

Across the country, 42 vigils and protests have taken place between 2017 and 2018, according to figures compiled by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS). They were led by a number of anti-abortion groups including the Good Counsel Network and 40 Days for Life.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/23/abortion-clinic-buffer-zones-being-considered-by-more-councils-lambert-protests

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