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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USA – Title X facilities are already over-regulated

Title X facilities are already over-regulated

By David S. Cohen and Carole Joffe, Opinion Contributors
June 12, 2018

The Trump administration’s plan to impose a so-called “domestic gag rule”—a prohibition on providing, referring and counseling about abortion—on facilities receiving Title X funding for family planning services has unleashed a storm of criticism. The public comment period is now open, and the backlash promises to be fierce.

Medical groups state that withholding information about medical procedures is a violation of medical ethics. Numerous political observers note that the real intent of this measure is to deliver on Trump’s promise to defund Planned Parenthood, a major recipient of Title X funding. But largely overlooked in these responses to the domestic gag rule is that the current rules governing Title X grantees represent terrible public policy. As the public now weighs in on the proposed regulations, we should not forget that not only is the new gag rule harmful, but that the existing restrictions governing Title X and abortion care should be lifted as well because they are bad for patients and bad for public health.

Continued: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/391712-title-x-facilities-are-already-over-regulated#.Wx_4xsTUmTI.facebook

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Restrictions on Private Insurance Coverage of Abortion: A Danger to Abortion Access and Better U.S. Health Coverage

Restrictions on Private Insurance Coverage of Abortion: A Danger to Abortion Access and Better U.S. Health Coverage

Adam Sonfield
Guttmacher Institute
First published online: June 6, 2018

HIGHLIGHTS

- Antiabortion conservatives have long sought to eliminate private insurance coverage of abortion, and their main tactic in Congress has been to push for barring health plans from covering abortion if any part of the plan is paid for with federal dollars.
- Abortion coverage is already severely restricted and difficult to obtain in many parts of the United States, and further federal restrictions will make things worse for patients who need abortion care.
- The obsession with banning abortion coverage threatens broader efforts to expand and improve U.S. health insurance coverage and to make it more affordable.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/gpr/2018/06/restrictions-private-insurance-coverage-abortion-danger-abortion-access-and-better-us

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Ireland – State may cover travel costs in fatal foetal abnormality cases

State may cover travel costs in fatal foetal abnormality cases
Minister told support group he was committed to finding an interim solution pending new law

June 1, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

The State may cover the cost for couples who choose to travel to the United Kingdom for a termination when they receive a diagnosis of a fatal foetal abnormality.

Minister for Health Simon Harris met with members of the group Terminations for Medical Reasons on Friday to discuss how such a system could be operated.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/state-may-cover-travel-costs-in-fatal-foetal-abnormality-cases-1.3516719

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