Ireland: Rhona Mahony: Eighth Amendment creates ‘unacceptable clinical risk’

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Rhona Mahony: Eighth Amendment creates ‘unacceptable clinical risk’
Oireachtas committee told the provision ‘makes no clinical sense’ before foetus is viable

Oct 11, 2017
Pat Leahy, Jack Power

Dr Rhona Mahony, master of the National Maternity Hospital, has said the Eighth Amendment “makes no clinical sense” before the foetus is viable.

Dr Mahony told the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment that it the Constitutional provision “creates unacceptable clinical risk and should be removed”.

“Prior to foetal viability, we do not have the option of delivering a foetus because the foetus cannot survive and if a pregnant mother dies her baby dies too”.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/rhona-mahony-eighth-amendment-creates-unacceptable-clinical-risk-1.3252250

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Sri Lanka: Revisiting the debate on abortion law

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Revisiting the debate on abortion law
Meera Srinivasan
October 07, 2017

In August this year, Sri Lanka’s Cabinet approved a draft Bill allowing abortion under two circumstances — when the foetus is diagnosed with a lethal congenital malformation or when the pregnancy is caused by rape.

Seen by many as a potentially significant reform to the country’s existing law, which permits abortion only to save a woman’s life, the move sparked a spontaneous debate.

Continued at source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/revisiting-the-debate-on-abortion-law/article19820226.ece

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Irish voters oppose fully liberalising abortion laws, poll shows

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Irish voters oppose fully liberalising abortion laws, poll shows

Survey reveals just 24% back legalised terminations in all cases up to 22 weeks, ahead of planned referendum next year
Pro-choice protesters marching through Dublin

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Friday 6 October 2017

Irish voters would reject any move to legalise abortion in all circumstances up to 22 weeks, an opinion poll has found.

As the prime minister, Leo Varadkar, and his minority Fine Gael government prepare to frame an abortion reform referendum scheduled for next year, it has emerged that only 24% of voters are in favour of legalising terminations in nearly all cases.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/06/irish-voters-oppose-legalisation-abortion-poll-shows

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Make access to abortion easier, UK’s top gynaecologist demands

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Make access to abortion easier, UK's top gynaecologist demands

Prof Lesley Regan wants nurses and midwives to be allowed to administer abortion pills, and only one doctor’s approval to be required
Prof Lesley Regan, head of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Denis Campbell Health policy editor
Thursday 5 October 2017

Nurses and midwives should be allowed to give women the pills that end an unwanted pregnancy as part of a relaxation of Britain’s abortion laws, the leader of the country’s specialist women’s health doctors has demanded.

In an interview with the Guardian, Prof Lesley Regan also urged MPs to amend the longstanding legal requirement for two doctors to approve any termination, reducing the number to one except in a few unusual circumstances.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/05/make-access-to-abortion-easier-uks-top-obstetrician-demands

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Ireland: Human rights commission calls for legalisation of abortion

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Human rights commission calls for legalisation of abortion
State human rights watchdog says abortion should be widely available

Oct 4, 2017
Pat Leahy

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, the Government’s human rights watchdog, will on Wednesday call on the Government to introduce a referendum to delete the Eighth Amendment and go on to legislate for widespread access to abortion.

The commission, set up to monitor and advise the Government on human rights issues, is to give evidence at the Oireachtas committee on the amendment on Wednesday.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/human-rights-commission-calls-for-legalisation-of-abortion-1.3243367

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UK: ‘I ended a pregnancy before the Abortion Act was passed: here’s what I’m fighting for aged 86’

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‘I ended a pregnancy before the Abortion Act was passed: here’s what I’m fighting for aged 86’

Katie Grant 17
Monday October 2nd 2017

This month marks 50 years since the 1967 Abortion Act was passed. Diane Munday was instrumental in ensuring the landmark act was pushed through Parliament. Half a century on, she’s determined to ‘finish the job’ she started

Diane Munday was already a mother to three children under the age of four when she learned she had fallen pregnant for the fourth time in as many years.

She knew she wouldn’t be able to cope with another child and that she must end the pregnancy.

Continued at source: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/i-campaigned-abortion-rights-50-years-ago-time-finish-job-i-started/

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Bolivia Approves Arguments to Legalize Abortion

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Bolivia Approves Arguments to Legalize Abortion
La Paz, Oct 1 (Prensa Latina)

The Bolivian Health Minister, Ariana Campero, has highlighted the approval of Article-153 of the Penal System Code that allows women to have an abortion until eight weeks, with no penalty.

'The new article is an important advance in the historic claim of many women who have striven for avoiding death by illegal abortions,' she said.

Campero reiterated that abortion is Bolivia's third cause of death, most of them carried out amid unhealthy conditions.

Continued at source: http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=18900&SEO=bolivia-approves-arguments-to-legalize-abortion

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Why Brazil Should Decriminalize Abortion

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Why Brazil Should Decriminalize Abortion

September 28, 2017
Published in Folha de S.Paulo
Margaret Wurth, Researcher, Children's Rights Division

I met “Mariana,” a 20-year-old woman in Paraíba state, almost a year ago in the waiting area of a public hospital. I was investigating access to reproductive health services for women and girls in northeastern Brazil, and Mariana was one of my first interviews. She told me she had an unplanned pregnancy, and gave birth, when she was 18.

“I cried a lot and I didn’t want it at all,” she said.

But abortion is a crime in Brazil, except in cases of rape, when the life of the woman is at risk, or the fetus has anencephaly—a fatal congenital brain disorder. I asked Mariana if she felt like she had any options other than continuing with the pregnancy. “No,” she said quietly, shaking her head.

Continued at source: Human Rights Watch: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/09/28/why-brazil-should-decriminalize-abortion

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Ireland: Abortion committee chair says it would be ‘prudent’ to propose referendum that will pass

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Abortion committee chair says it would be ‘prudent’ to propose referendum that will pass
FG ministers believe only more restrictive abortion regime will pass

Sep 28, 2017
Pat Leahy Political Editor

The chairwoman of the all-party committee on the eighth amendment Senator Catherine Noone has said that it would be “prudent” for the Government to propose a wording that can be successful in a referendum.

Ms Noone was speaking following an Irish Times report on Thursday that Fine Gael ministers believe the Citizens Assembly recommendations are unlikely to be passed, either in the Dáil or in a referendum.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-committee-chair-says-it-would-be-prudent-to-propose-referendum-that-will-pass-1.3237046

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Malawi: Time to Decriminalize Draconian Abortion Law

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Malawi: Time to Decriminalize Draconian Abortion Law
Sept 28, 2017

Blantyre — As the world celebrates the International Safe Abortion Day on Thursday, 28 September, we, at the Centre for Solutions Journalism (CSJ) call on the Malawi government to decriminalise abortion, provide access to safe abortion services and end stigma and discrimination towards women who choose to terminate unintended pregnancies.

By decriminalizing abortion, Malawi will be fulfilling her obligation as a signatory of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Plan of Action) whose ultimate goal is for African Governments, civil society, the private sector, and all multi-sectoral development partners to work together in order to end preventable maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent deaths, expand contraceptive use, reduce levels of unsafe abortion, end child marriage and eradicate harmful traditional practices and eliminate all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls.

Continued at source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201709280872.html

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