Abortion: NI women to be provided access to Republic services

Abortion: NI women to be provided access to Republic services

By Marie-Louise Connolly, BBC News NI Health Correspondent
Nov 15, 2018

Women and girls from Northern Ireland will be able to access abortion services in the Republic of Ireland next year.

The Irish health minister made the commitment on Thursday morning.

Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland unless there is a serious risk to a woman's life or health.

Continued: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46220463

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Ireland – Harris wants free abortions for women from Northern Ireland

Harris wants free abortions for women from Northern Ireland

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
November 12 2018

The Irish government is trying to find a way to offer free abortion services to women from Northern Ireland.

Sources close to Simon Harris said the health minister was “frustrated” by legal barriers that would block the state from covering the cost of an abortion for women coming from the North once the law in the republic is changed.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/harris-wants-free-abortions-for-women-from-northern-ireland-hbhphbdj5

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Wales Offers Free Abortions To Northern Ireland Residents, & Here’s What That Means

Wales Offers Free Abortions To Northern Ireland Residents, & Here’s What That Means

By Morgan Brinlee
Nov 10, 2018

Earlier this year, reproductive rights advocates celebrated a major victory when the Republic of Ireland repealed a constitutional amendment banning abortion. But while Ireland embraced reproductive rights, abortion has remained largely illegal in the autonomous region of Northern Ireland. Meaning, women living in Northern Ireland who wish to obtain an abortion must travel outside of the province, often incurring costly expenses. But other parts of the United Kingdom are now stepping up to help those in Northern Ireland better access reproductive rights. Wales will offer free abortions to Northern Ireland residents, the country's health secretary announced Friday.

"Our view has always been [that] a woman from Northern Ireland, in Wales, should be able to access termination of pregnancy on the same basis as women in Wales," the BBC reported Welsh Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said in a statement released Friday.

Continued: https://www.bustle.com/p/wales-offers-free-abortions-to-northern-ireland-residents-heres-what-that-means-13124502

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Ireland – Health Minister: Charging for abortions would lead to private clinics popping up around the country

Health Minister: Charging for abortions would lead to private clinics popping up around the country

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Latest: The Health Minister says charging for abortions would lead to private clinics popping up around the country.

Yesterday the 8th amendment was officially removed from the constitution - following May's referendum.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/doctors-concerned-about-public-reaction-if-they-refuse-abortion-services-869988.html

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Ireland – Abortion services will be free, Harris confirms

Abortion services will be free, Harris confirms

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
By Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner Political Correspondent

Ireland's imminent abortion services will be completely free to ensure they can be fully accessed by anyone who needs them, end the need to travel abroad for care and to prevent an influx of private abortion clinics into this country.

Health Minister Simon Harris confirmed the new services will not cost anything just 24 hours after President Michael D Higgins signed the referendum result into law, thereby formally removing the eighth amendment from the constitution.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/abortion-services-will-be-free-harris-confirms-870089.html

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Euromapping 2018 report – Global funding for family planning at risk from US withdrawal

Euromapping 2018 report – Global funding for family planning at risk from US withdrawal

Eoghan Walsh
29th August 2018
Development Cooperation, Press Releases, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Euromapping 2018Euromapping 2018 report highlights the need for other global donors – the European Union and EU Member States – to increase their contributions to protect health of women and girls around the world.

Brussels, August 29, 2018: The latest Euromapping 2018 report on global funding for family planning (FP) and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) highlights the US as the world’s leading donor in this field, but that data does not accurately reflect the withdrawal from this field by the Trump presidency. The reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy, better known as the Global Gag Rule, in 2017 will accelerate a decline in US funding in the coming years. It is the responsibility of other global donors in Europe and the rest of the world to step up and make sure that life-saving funding for family planning, contraception and maternal health does not disappear.

Continued: http://www.dsw.org/en/2018/08/euromapping-2018-family-planning-trump-global-gag-rule/

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Swaziland: U.S. Halts Funding to Swaziland NGO As Anti-Abortion Policy Bites

Swaziland: U.S. Halts Funding to Swaziland NGO As Anti-Abortion Policy Bites

Aug 6, 2018

The Family Life Association of Swaziland / Ewsatini has lost a quarter of its total funding after the United States tightened up its policy against abortion.

A total of 56 jobs have been lost.

The halt in US funding worth the equivalent of E10.7 million is a direct result of an executive order signed by US President Donald Trump on his first full day in office. He reinstated and extended what is known as the Mexico City Policy or Global Gag Rule which had first been put in place in 1984.

Continued: https://allafrica.com/stories/201808220415.html

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USA – Nowhere to “Hyde”: Congressional Democrats target restriction on federal abortion funding

Nowhere to “Hyde”: Congressional Democrats target restriction on federal abortion funding

By Gabriela Resto-Montero
Aug. 4, 2018

For over 40 years, the Hyde Amendment has barred any federal money from being used to pay for abortions, except for in some cases involving rape, incest or instances where the mother may lose her life. Although the amendment is just a rider on the annual appropriation bill to fund the Health and Human Services Department, in every year since 1976, Congress has approved the measure. Those days may now be over.

In response to President Donald Trump endorsing making the Hyde Amendment a permanent law during his campaign, Democratic Congresswomen Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and former New York representative Louise Slaughter, who has since died, introduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act, or EACH Woman Act, in January 2017 to allow any woman who has health insurance through the federal government to have access to all reproductive care services, including abortion.

Continued: https://mic.com/articles/190582/nowhere-to-hyde-congressional-democrats-target-restriction-on-federal-abortion-funding#.onUZKQx0V

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Ireland – GPs may demand ‘significant’ fees for providing abortions

GPs may demand ‘significant’ fees for providing abortions
Government is warned that medics may use new services as a negotiating ploy

Sat, Jul 14, 2018
Fiach Kelly Deputy Political Editor

Ministers have been warned that GPs may use Government promises to introduce abortion services by next year as a negotiating ploy to seek “significant” fees for carrying out terminations.

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has in the past used deadlines to introduce new services by a specific date to seek much higher fees from the State, the Cabinet has been told.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/gps-may-demand-significant-fees-for-providing-abortions-1.3564362

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Ireland – Government to consider funding abortion services

Government to consider funding abortion services
Minister for Health to seek Cabinet approval to publish abortion legislation

Tue, Jul 10, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to ask the Cabinet to allow for State funding of the cost of care for women seeking a termination of their pregnancy, as part of providing abortion services.

The Minister will bring the heads of the Health (Regulation of the Termination of Pregnancy) Bill to this morning’s Cabinet meeting, which will legalise access to abortions in certain circumstances.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/government-to-consider-funding-abortion-services-1.3559357

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