Ireland – Government opposes disability amendments in abortion Bill

Government opposes disability amendments in abortion Bill
‘Disability is not a ground for abortion under the draft law and will not become one’

Sun, Jun 3, 2018
Pat Leahy

The Government will not accept amendments to the forthcoming abortion legislation which seek to stipulate that disability is prohibited as a ground for abortion.

Senior Government figures insist that disability is “absolutely” not a ground for terminations in the draft proposals, and attempts to alter the legislation published before the referendum will be resisted.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/government-opposes-disability-amendments-in-abortion-bill-1.3518356

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Ireland – ‘Very different situation’ – Harris ‘frustrated’ that ‘No’ side compares proposed abortion law to that of UK

'Very different situation' - Harris 'frustrated' that 'No' side compares proposed abortion law to that of UK

Shona Murray
May 14 2018

Minister for Health Simon Harris has hit out at ‘inaccurate’ claims by the ‘No’ side about the government's legislation should the eighth amendment be repealed in the referendum.

He said posters depicting people with down syndrome and other disabilities claiming these people were "only alive" because of Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws were “upsetting”.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/very-different-situation-harris-frustrated-that-no-side-compares-proposed-abortion-law-to-that-of-uk-36904203.html

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Ireland – Proposed abortion law ‘follows best legal and medical practice’

Proposed abortion law ‘follows best legal and medical practice’
Irish legislation cannot be described as being ‘like the abortion law in Britain’, says expert

May 2, 2018
Ronan McGreevy

The proposed abortion law in Ireland which will come in if the Eighth Amendment is repealed will be much more restrictive than the law in Britain, a legal expert has said.

Fiona De Londras, Professor of Global Legal Studies at the University of Birmingham, said there is no provision for unrestricted abortion up to six months under the proposed Irish law except in extreme circumstances.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/proposed-abortion-law-follows-best-legal-and-medical-practice-1.3481736

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Ireland – Attempts to misrepresent disabled in abortion debate, expert says

Attempts to misrepresent disabled in abortion debate, expert says
‘No evidence’ 12-week rule leads to abortions in cases of disability, seminar hears

Fri, Mar 9, 2018
Lorna Siggins

A North American expert on abortion law has paid tribute to the Government’s “democratic lawmaking” in opting to hold a referendum on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.

“People may change their mind in 20 years, but it is really wonderful that the issue is going to be decided by way of referendum in Ireland,” Prof Carol Sanger of Columbia University told a seminar hosted by the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway (NUIG) on Friday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/attempts-to-misrepresent-disabled-in-abortion-debate-expert-says-1.3421536

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