Fact check: Will abortion be legalised up to the sixth month of pregnancy?
Save the 8th campaign has claimed abortion will be legalised up to six months
May 8, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter
Question: Will abortion be legalised up to the sixth month of pregnancy?
Who is making the claim?
Save the 8th campaign: “I had no idea they wanted to legalise abortion up to six months.” (Poster assertion)
On what are they basing their claims?
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
The proposed abortion law in Ireland which will come in if the Eighth Amendment is repealed will be much more restrictive than the law in Britain, a legal expert has said.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.
Abortion: INMO calls for conscientious objection safeguards
Nurses union has had no discussions to date with HSE about the implications of repeal
May 2, 2018
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation expects the same conscientious objection protections that exist for nurses under the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Act to be afforded to nurses and midwives in any forthcoming legislation in the event of the Eighth Amendment being repealed.
INMO director of social policy and regulation Edward Matthews said that nurses and midwives are afforded the same protections as medical practitioners when it comes to conscientious objection to carrying out a termination of pregnancy.
Abortion Q&A: What will happen after you vote in the referendum?
Government will introduce abortion legislation if Yes side wins
April 30, 2018
Irish citizens vote on the issue of abortion on May 25th. They will be asked whether or not to delete Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution (known as the Eighth Amendment) and replace it with a new Article allowing the Oireachtas to legislate on the issue.
What is the Government proposing?
The Government is proposing to bring legislation before the Dáil in the event that the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution is repealed in the May 25th referendum. The Eighth Amendment gives the unborn an equal right to life as the mother and therefore prohibits abortion in almost all cases.
Abortion regime will remain the same until legislation passed
Unclear how long it will take for new law to be passed if Eighth Amendment is repealed
Apr 30, 2018
The Irish abortion regime will remain as it is until new legislation is passed, even if the referendum on removing the abortion provision in the Constitution is passed on May 25th.
How long it will take for the Oireachtas to pass a new law is unclear, but it could be done before the end of the year. However, should the Government fall in the meantime, that timetable would most likely be extended.
Pat Leahy: Government may fall before abortion legislation passes
Faltering Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil relations put election in mid-distance
April 27, 2018
No election or referendum, especially a referendum in this country, is a foregone conclusion until the votes are counted, but last week’s Irish Times opinion poll suggests that the Yes side is firmly in the driving seat in the abortion referendum campaign.
Our poll was mirrored in a Sunday Times poll published a few days later and in private research conducted in recent weeks.
Abortion: Taoiseach defends 12-week plan amid Cabinet split
Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health Simon Harris and nine other Ministers support the 12-week proposal
Feb 6, 2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the Government’s proposals to legislate for abortions up to 12 weeks in light of criticism of the measures by Tánaiste Simon Coveney.
Mr Coveney has outlined his difficulties in legislating for unrestricted access to terminations in the first trimester of pregnancy.