‘Historic moment’ as Irish parliament legalises abortion

'Historic moment' as Irish parliament legalises abortion

December 14, 2018

Ireland’s parliament passed a landmark legislation to make abortion legal for the first time in the Catholic-majority country, a “historic moment” which came after an Indian dentist died from blood poisoning in 2012 when the doctors refused her repeated requests to abort the foetus.

Ireland voted decisively to change the Constitution to repeal the Eighth Amendment in May, with 66.4 per cent voting in favour of new legislation to allow for the termination of pregnancies.

“The bill that allows for the introduction of abortion services in Ireland has passed all stages of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) and will now go to President Michael D Higgins to be signed into law,” Irish Broadcaster RTE reported on Thursday.

Continued: https://www.rediff.com/news/report/historic-moment-as-irish-parliament-legalises-abortion/20181214.htm

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Ireland – Abortion campaigners hail ‘historic day’ but eye changes

Abortion campaigners hail ‘historic day’ but eye changes
Activists celebrate but urge full decriminalisation and removal of three-day wait period

Dec 13, 2018
Jennifer Bray

Ailbhe Smyth heard around 4pm that there was a possibility that legislation clearing the way for abortion in Ireland could pass earlier than the expected 10pm finishing time.

She hopped on a Luas and headed to the city centre to make her way to Leinster House. Following years of effort, this was not a moment to miss. She was not alone.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/abortion-campaigners-hail-historic-day-but-eye-changes-1.3730715

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Germany – Abortion law brings first test for Merkel’s successor as CDU leader

Abortion law brings first test for Merkel’s successor as CDU leader
Kramp-Karrenbauer, who wants to win back conservative voters, opposed to law change

Thu, Dec 13, 2018
Derek Scally in Berlin

A week after assuming the party leadership, the chairwoman of Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has her first fight on her hands, over abortion.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and her officials have struck a compromise with the CDU’s coalition partner over a controversial law forbidding doctors from informing patients – in advertisements or on their websites – that they offer abortion services.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/abortion-law-brings-first-test-for-merkel-s-successor-as-cdu-leader-1.3730594

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Ireland: The Abortion Bill passes the first house

FEATURE - Ireland: The Abortion Bill passes the first house
International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion.
11 December 2018

Abortion bill passed by a large majority

On 6 December 2018, the lower house of the Irish parliament passed the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill at midnight with a vote of 90 for, 15 against, and 12 abstentions, after hours of debate and consideration of 60 amendments, almost all of which were voted down with large majorities. Minister of Health Simon Harris remained in strict control throughout the process, rejecting amendments by pro-choice members to make the bill less restrictive and by conservative/anti-abortion members to make it more restrictive, claiming throughout that he was determined to give the people the bill he promised before the referendum on the 8th Amendment to the Constitution in May. A small number of conservative members fought till the end, talking at length each amendment. Then, finally, it was passed. It moved the very next morning to the upper house. Ivana Bacik, a Labour Party member in the upper house, said she thought it very likely that the bill would become law before the holiday recess later this month.

Continued: https://mailchi.mp/safeabortionwomensright/feature-ireland-the-abortion-bill-passes-the-first-house-11-december-2018?e=372dd34034

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Australia – ‘Cruel, archaic, degrading’: NSW only state where abortion is criminal

'Cruel, archaic, degrading': NSW only state where abortion is criminal

By Kate Aubusson
11 December 2018

NSW abortion laws have been denounced as “archaic, cruel and degrading” by doctors, lawyers, community services as opposition leader Michael Daley says he would consult the women in his life before voting on any legislation to decriminalise abortion.

NSW is the only state in Australia where abortion is still a criminal offence after Queensland's Parliament voted to decriminalise abortion in October.

Continued: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/cruel-archaic-degrading-nsw-only-state-where-abortion-is-criminal-20181210-p50la4.html

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Malta – Not fully human

Not fully human
Great strides in some areas, but Malta's human rights record remains blotted

Monday, December 10, 2018
by Lara Dimitrijevic

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. [...] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

I start with this quote, because it explains so succinctly what human rights are, or, at least, what they should be – that human rights apply to all, in every corner of the world.

Continued: https://www.timesofmalta.com/mobile/articles/view/20181210/blogs/not-fully-human.696390

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Ireland – Abortion guidelines delay fuels fears service will be ‘railroaded through’

Abortion guidelines delay fuels fears service will be 'railroaded through'

Eilish O'Regan and Laura Larkin
December 5 2018

Doctors and hospitals have yet to receive guidelines on how women having abortions will be cared for.

The clinical guidelines are needed to advise and direct GPs and hospital doctors on key areas of care including prevention of complications.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/abortion-guidelines-delay-fuels-fears-service-will-be-railroaded-through-37596543.html

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Protesters banned from Queensland abortion clinics from today

Protesters banned from Queensland abortion clinics from today

By Felicity Caldwell
3 December 2018

Queensland women seeking a pregnancy termination will be shielded from protesters from Monday, as abortion law reform comes into effect.

From Monday, abortion will no longer be a crime and women will be able to have a termination on request up to 22 weeks, or after that gestation with consent from two doctors.

Continued: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/queensland/protesters-banned-from-queensland-abortion-clinics-from-today-20181203-p50jt5.html

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Zimbabwe – Make abortion safe: NGO

Make abortion safe: NGO

Mashonaland Central Correspondent
Dec 3, 2018

THERE is need to broaden circumstances under which abortion is permitted and to ensure the availability of safe, legal abortion services, as well as post-abortion care to reduce clandestine and unsafe procedures.

This was said by a non-governmental organisation, Right Here Right Now, in Bindura last week. Right Here Right Now, which is part of a consortium of NGOs that include Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Real Open Opportunities Trust Support and Katswe Sisterhood, revealed that Zimbabwe had one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world, estimated at 651 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births in contrast to a worldwide trend of declines.

Continued: https://www.herald.co.zw/make-abortion-safe-ngo/

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Nigeria – Strict abortion laws inimical to women, says group

Strict abortion laws inimical to women, says group

November 30, 2018

The Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON) has canvassed for the liberalisation of restrictive abortion laws in Nigeria to enable women access appropriate health care.

President of the Society, Prof. Oluwarotimi Akinola, who addressed reporters in Calabar after their 52nd Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference, said evidence all over the world has shown that the number of abortions do not increase due to the liberalisation of the law.

Continued: http://thenationonlineng.net/strict-abortion-laws-inimical-women-says-group/

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