Iceland – Changes Proposed to Abortion Laws

Changes Proposed to Abortion Laws

By larissa kyzer
October 26, 2018

Health Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir has decided to submit a bill to parliament which, if approved, would change the legal terms for abortion in Iceland. RÚV reports that the new bill would extend the time limits that are currently in place regarding abortion and allow women to have the procedure done up to the 22nd week of their pregnancy. The bill would also allow women to get abortions for any reason, rather than only under certain approved circumstances, as is currently the case.

Under current law, women are only permitted to have an abortion up to the 16th week of pregnancy if there are specifically approved health reasons or for ‘social reasons,’ such as if the pregnancy is the result of a rape. The existing law also allows for abortions after the 16th week if there is a threat to the woman’s health, or high likeliness that the fetus will be born with deformities or genetic or birth defects.

Continued: http://icelandreview.com/news/2018/10/26/changes-proposed-abortion-laws

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Ireland – Voters will not be ‘fooled’ by Government in abortion campaign

Voters will not be ‘fooled’ by Government in abortion campaign
Anti-abortion rally told ‘vague’ health claims will lead to terminations beyond 12 weeks

Apr 7, 2018 Barry Roche

The Government is set to find out that the Irish people “cannot be fooled” into believing that repealing the Eighth Amendment will allow anything other than abortion on demand, an anti-abortion rally has heard in Cork.

Legal consultant to the Pro Life Campaign, Caroline Simons said Minister for Health Simon Harris was seeking to present the proposal to allow abortion up to 12 weeks in all cases as somehow being restrictive.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/voters-will-not-be-fooled-by-government-in-abortion-campaign-1.3454445

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

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: Questions and Answers: Key abortion issues

Questions and Answers: Key abortion issues
A number of medical issues will arise if there is a policy of termination of pregnancy on request

Jan 30, 2018
Muiris Houston

As we move towards a date for a referendum on a repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution and the possible implementation of a policy of termination of pregnancy on request, a number of medical and health system issues will arise. They include the availability of prenatal ultrasound scans and the effect new regulations may have on pregnancies where there is a foetal chromosomal abnormality.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/questions-and-answers-key-abortion-issues-1.3372873

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It’s been a long road to Ireland’s abortion referendum – so what will happen now?

It's been a long road to Ireland's abortion referendum - so what will happen now?

Ann Furedi, Chief Executive of Bpas
30 January 2018

I became a pro-choice advocate 30 years ago, when I met a girl of my age who had been sent to a young mothers’ home in England before her pregnancy was visible. She had been told to stay there until she ‘looked normal again’ so no one would know her family’s shame.

So, when I heard that the Irish Prime Minister has confirmed a referendum that could change the country's laws that all but ban abortion and enable women's access to terminations, I thought - at last.

Continued: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/long-road-irelands-abortion-referendum-will-happen-now/

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Ireland to hold May referendum on abortion law reform

Ireland to hold May referendum on abortion law reform

National plebiscite on abolishing eighth amendment and allowing terminations up to 12 weeks

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Mon 29 Jan 2018

Ireland will hold a referendum in May on reforming the country’s strict anti-abortion laws, according to the country’s health minister.

Simon Harris confirmed on Monday that the national plebiscite will also allow for the Irish parliament to later devise legislation that would permit abortion in Ireland’s hospitals for women who are up to 12 weeks pregnant.

The Fine Gael-led administration met to discuss the terms of the referendum to abolish the eighth amendment of the Irish constitution.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/29/ireland-to-greenlight-referendum-on-abortion-law-reform

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Ireland: Concern that abortion proposal a step too far – Varadkar

Concern that abortion proposal a step too far - Varadkar
Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said there is concern among many politicians that the proposal to allow abortions in Ireland without restrictions up to 12 weeks may go one step too far for the majority of the public.

Mr Varadkar said this recommendation went further than he and many people would have anticipated a year or two ago.

Continued at source: https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2018/0110/932212-eighth-amendment-abortion/

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Irish Lawmakers Back Repeal of Abortion Ban

Irish Lawmakers Back Repeal of Abortion Ban

By ED O’LOUGHLIN (Web Summary: A parliamentary committee also said a woman should be able to terminate a pregnancy up to the 12th week.) December 14, 2017

DUBLIN — An Irish parliamentary committee recommended on Wednesday that a constitutional ban on abortion be repealed, paving the way for the liberalization of one of the world’s strictest abortion laws.

The committee recommended removing the provision in the Irish Constitution that gives a fetus and the mother an equal legal right to life, which has been the law since 1983. That provision has been used to ban abortion in all circumstances, including rape, incest, fatal fetal abnormality and any risk to the life of the mother.

Continued at source: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/12/13/irish-lawmakers-back-repeal-abortion-ban/TK3ik8LUnFoEr96NXmi6CJ/story.html

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Ireland: Pressure increases on Government after committee votes on abortion

Pressure increases on Government after committee votes on abortion
Possible dates for referendum on Eighth Amendment are May 14th and June 8th

Dec 14, 2017
Sarah Bardon

The Oireachtas committee on the amendment has concluded that a number of significant changes should to be made to abortion laws in Ireland.

Pressure has increased on the Government to hold a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment and provide abortions up to 12 weeks following the recommendations of an Oireachtas committee.

The Oireachtas committee on the amendment has concluded that a number of significant changes should to be made to abortion laws in Ireland.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/pressure-increases-on-government-after-committee-votes-on-abortion-1.3326633

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Ireland: No restriction on abortion in first 12 weeks, say TDs

No restriction on abortion in first 12 weeks, say TDs

Stephen O’Brien, Political Editor
December 10 2017

The Oireachtas committee on the eighth amendment is likely to vote in favour of abortion without restriction in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy when it agrees its final report on Wednesday.

Committee sources say there appears to be a majority in favour of accepting the recommendation of the citizens’ assembly that termination of pregnancy, without restriction, should be lawful up to 12 weeks’ gestation.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/no-restriction-on-abortion-in-first-12-weeks-say-tds-vkdrmtlf9

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