IRELAND – Women deserve a carefully considered abortion provision

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Women deserve a carefully considered abortion provision
Monday, June 18, 2018

Prior to legislation, the Government must take time for research and consultation on contraception and abortion services, says Claire McCarthy.

IT is more than three weeks since the referendum on the Eighth Amendment. With a turnout of over 64% and a Yes vote of 67%, voters gave the Government a strong mandate to repeal the Eighth and introduce abortion services in Ireland.

The challenge now is to ensure the services are provided appropriately, safely, and in a manner acceptable both to women and healthcare providers.

On May 31, six days after the vote, a group of doctors met in Cork to discuss these issues. The group was comprised mainly of GPs and obstetricians and gynaecologists based in Cork and Kerry. We all supported a Yes vote in the referendum; we have all experienced the negative effects of the Eighth, and are all relieved to finally see it repealed.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/views/analysis/women-deserve-a-carefully-considered-abortion-provision-849454.html

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An Irish woman in Argentina: Now, both my countries have voted for abortion

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An Irish woman in Argentina: Now, both my countries have voted for abortion
The decriminalisation of abortion in Argentina has been brought within striking distance

June 18, 2018
Sophie Parker in Buenos Aires

As Ireland took to the polls on May 25th, Argentina was celebrating May Revolution Day, commemorating the first successful revolution in South America’s Independence process. As I followed events across the ocean from my adopted home in Buenos Aires, I couldn’t help but think of Ireland’s Eighth Amendment referendum in terms of revolution: not exactly a “quiet” one, to use the Taoiseach’s word, but as part of a worldwide uprising that is increasingly difficult to drown out.

By the time the Eighth Amendment was repealed in Ireland, the debate in Argentina’s Congress on the decriminalisation of abortion was well under way. On June 14th, just before 10am, the streets around the Congress building erupted with roars of jubilation and relief as the nail-bitingly close result was revealed: the bill, first presented over a decade ago by the National Campaign for the Right to Legal, Safe and Free Abortion alliance, had passed.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/abroad/an-irish-woman-in-argentina-now-both-my-countries-have-voted-for-abortion-1.3534574

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Ireland – Man challenging abortion referendum result to seek electoral registers in High Court

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Man challenging abortion referendum result to seek electoral registers in High Court
Monday, June 18, 2018

By Ann O'Loughlin

A man seeking leave to challenge the result of last month’s abortion referendum will formally apply this week for court orders requiring the State to provide him with the original and supplemental electoral registers of voters, including the dates of birth of voters.

Charles Byrne, of College Rise, Drogheda, Co Louth, also wants marked registers of all those who voted on May 25 so the material can be analysed by a public administration expert, his counsel Kenneth Fogarty SC said

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/man-challenging-abortion-referendum-result-to-seek-electoral-registers-in-high-court-849650.html

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The big picture: Women around the world are fighting for abortion rights

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The big picture: Women around the world are fighting for abortion rights

Haley Britzky
June 17, 2018

Argentina took a step towards legalizing abortions last week after the lower house of its legislature sent a bill to the Senate that would allow the procedure in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, the BBC reports.

The big picture: Women in countries around the world are fighting for abortion rights, but the Guttmacher Institute reported that 42% of women of reproductive age worldwide still live in countries where abortion is "highly restricted," meaning it's entirely illegal or only allowed to "save a woman's life or protect her health."

Continued: https://www.axios.com/women-worldwide-abortion-rights-ireland-argentina-el-salvador-2d42e9c7-a985-43e4-abaf-cd396632befa.html

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From Ireland to Northern Ireland: campaigns for abortion law

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From Ireland to Northern Ireland: campaigns for abortion law

Angel Li
Published: 16 June 2018
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31357-6 |

After Ireland successfully overturned its 8th Amendment using grassroots activism, attention turns to Northern Ireland's abortion laws. Angel Li reports from Dublin.

Sitting in a quiet carriage of a train to Gatwick Airport, my thoughts turned to the women taking this same route back to Ireland after travelling to the UK for abortions. I wondered if anyone was on this train for that very purpose. More than 170 000 women have travelled abroad from Ireland seeking abortions since 1980.

Having arrived at Gatwick Airport, I met two volunteers working with the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign who were taking the same flight to Dublin as me.

Continued: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)31357-6/fulltext

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Ireland – Sinn Fein votes to back relaxation of abortion laws

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Sinn Fein votes to back relaxation of abortion laws
Party backs motion to support reform following historic referendum vote in Republic

Tom Barnes
June 16 2018

Sinn Fein has voted “decisively” to support the liberalisation of abortion law across the island of Ireland following the historic vote to legalise the procedure in the Republic.

Party members overwhelmingly backed a motion calling to terminations to be provided through a GP-led service for a “limited gestational period”.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sinn-fein-abortion-policy-legalisation-laws-northern-ireland-republic-a8402706.html

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Ireland – No abortion legislation until all court challenges have ended

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No abortion legislation until all court challenges have ended
Minister for Health plans to publish legislation in early July regardless of court actions

June 14, 2018
Sarah Bardon

The Government cannot introduce legislation to allow for abortion services until all court challenges to the result of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment are concluded, The Irish Times has learned.

The referendum, which paved the way for liberalising the State’s strict abortion laws, was passed by a near two-to-one majority last month, but there have been a number of court challenges to the result.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/no-abortion-legislation-until-all-court-challenges-have-ended-1.3529605

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Ireland – Government not ‘legally able’ to introduce abortion Bill, Harris says

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Government not ‘legally able’ to introduce abortion Bill, Harris says
Attorney General says law cannot be considered by Oireachtas until challenges dealt with

June 14, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

The Government may not be able to introduce legislation to regulate the termination of pregnancy until the autumn, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

Speaking on Thursday, Mr Harris said he had received clear legal advice from Attorney General Séamus Woulfe stating that the law to implement the result on the referendum on the Eighth Amendment cannot be considered by the Oireachtas until all court challenges to the outcome have concluded.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/government-not-legally-able-to-introduce-abortion-bill-harris-says-1.3530823

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How did Northern Ireland lawmakers carve out an anti-abortion ‘ghetto’ within the UK?

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How did Northern Ireland lawmakers carve out an anti-abortion ‘ghetto’ within the UK?
Northern Ireland remains a blind spot for equality for women and members of the LGBTIQ community. Will Ireland’s abortion referendum change this?

Stephanie Williamson
11 June 2018

More than two weeks have passed since Ireland’s historic abortion referendum was won by a groundswell of grassroots feminist activism. A large majority (66.4%) voted to repeal the country’s eighth constitutional amendment, opening the door to proposed legislation to allow abortions up to 12 weeks.

Huge numbers of repeal campaigners and voters were young women – with a staggering 94% increase in the turnout of women aged 18-24, compared to the 2016 general election. The result reflected a frank rejection of decades of misogyny and the suffocating grip of church and state on women’s rights.

Continued: https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/stephanie-williamson/northern-ireland-anti-abortion-ghetto-uk

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Ireland – Court to hear legal challenges to abortion referendum result

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Court to hear legal challenges to abortion referendum result
One challenger questions if some student voters at NUIG were properly registered

June 11, 2018
Mary Carolan

The president of the High Court has fixed June 26th for hearing three separate applications for permission to challenge the result of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

One of the challengers, Charles Byrne, who has raised concerns about whether a number of student voters at NUI Galway were properly registered, also wants copies of the marked register of voters.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/court-to-hear-legal-challenges-to-abortion-referendum-result-1.3526581

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