Ireland – Abortion vote moves step closer as cabinet prepares policy paper

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Abortion vote moves step closer as cabinet prepares policy paper

Jennifer Bray, Ireland Deputy Political Editor
February 19 2018

Plans for a referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment will be set in motion by the Irish government at a cabinet meeting tomorrow.

Simon Harris, the health minister, will bring a memo forward containing the heads of a new bill to provide the legislative grounds for a vote in late May or early June.

It is expected that the full bill will be published early next month and that the government will publish a policy paper at the same time that will detail the laws it intends to bring in if the ban on abortion is repealed.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/abortion-vote-moves-step-closer-as-cabinet-prepares-policy-paper-zlbxzjmfx

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Ireland: Varadkar: More liberal abortion law unlikely

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Varadkar: More liberal abortion law unlikely

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
February 12 2018, The Times

Irish politicians would be unlikely to pass a more liberal abortion law than access up to 12 weeks of a pregnancy, Leo Varadkar said yesterday.

The taoiseach does not think politicians would be “cavalier” about passing an even more liberal law without first going through a cumbersome process and consulting with the people.

Continued; https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/d-il-will-not-be-cavalier-on-abortion-law-7kshq2rpx

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Ireland: Abortion on request will follow shortly after repeal of amendment

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Abortion on request will follow shortly after repeal of amendment
It’s hard to see how anyone can really believe 12 weeks is line in sand

Feb 6, 2018
Fr Chris Hayden

What will happen after the referendum on the Eighth Amendment? Will the issue be parcelled neatly away, so that those who see the result as a victory can rest easy, and those who see it as a defeat can arrive at a sad acceptance of the way things are? Far from it.

This is one issue that is not going away, irrespective of the outcome of the eventual referendum. Anyone who votes in the hope of finally laying the matter to rest will be disappointed.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/abortion-on-request-will-follow-shortly-after-repeal-of-amendment-1.3380859

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Ireland: Mixed views after Cabinet agrees to vote on replacing Eighth

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Mixed views after Cabinet agrees to vote on replacing Eighth
Reaction: Harris says suggesting that women would abort disabled child is offensive

Jan 30, 2018
Vivienne Clarke

It is offensive to suggest that Irish women would seek an abortion to avoid having a child with a disability, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

Mr Harris pointed out that the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment had voted specifically to avoid disability as grounds for abortion.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/mixed-views-after-cabinet-agrees-to-vote-on-replacing-eighth-1.3373571

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Ireland to hold landmark abortion referendum in May

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Ireland to hold landmark abortion referendum in May

Text by NEWS WIRES
Latest update : 2018-01-30

Ireland will hold a referendum at the end of May on liberalising its restrictive abortion laws, a highly sensitive issue in the traditionally devoutly Catholic country.

Leo Varadkar, who as the country's youngest ever prime minister is regarded as relatively liberal on social issues, made the announcement late Monday, accepting it would be a difficult decision for Irish voters.

"This is a decision about whether we want to continue to stigmatise and criminalise our sisters, our co-workers, and our friends," he told a press conference in Dublin.

Continued: http://www.france24.com/en/20180130-ireland-hold-landmark-abortion-referendum-may

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