Ireland – Fill me in – What does the new abortion legislation say?

Fill me in - What does the new abortion legislation say?
Referendum fatigue since May 25th has made it hard to keep up.

Dec 6, 2018

IT’S BEEN OVER six months since Ireland resoundingly voted yes to repealing the 8th Amendment and to giving people choice in their pregnancy.

The date of the Referendum – May 25th – will go down in history, but it was the years and months and weeks leading up to this date that truly won the vote.

The victory for reproductive rights was a hard fought, long drawn-out and emotionally draining battle. Since the euphoria and relief of that day in May, activists, campaigners and supporters have felt a collective fatigue that made it nigh impossible to click into any article on the subject.

Continued: https://www.dailyedge.ie/what-is-the-law-on-abortion-in-ireland-4380421-Dec2018/

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Irish Lawmakers Vote to Allow Abortion, Part of Landmark Liberal Shift

Irish Lawmakers Vote to Allow Abortion, Part of Landmark Liberal Shift

By Ed O’Loughlin
Dec. 6, 2018

DUBLIN — Fighting off last-ditch resistance, Irish lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill introducing free and legal abortion to a nation that was long a bastion of staunchly conservative Catholicism, seven months after voters repealed a constitutional ban on abortion.

An often heated session of the Parliament’s lower house on Wednesday had to be extended several times, as a small number of members — mainly independent conservatives — talked at length on dozens of amendments, almost all of which were voted down by large majorities. The bill’s opponents attempted to prolong the debate even further, which could have derailed the government’s plan to make abortion available in January.

continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/06/world/europe/ireland-legal-abortion-vote.html

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Irish parliament’s lower house passes historic bill to legalise abortion

Irish parliament's lower house passes historic bill to legalise abortion
Politicians are racing to have law in place by January

Adam Withnall
Dec 5, 2018

The lower house of Ireland's parliament has passed historic legislation to make abortion legal for the first time, after members voted overwhelmingly in favour at the stroke of midnight on Wednesday.

The bill put before the lower house, the Dáil, would legalise free access to abortion up to 12 weeks. After that, it would permit abortion only in cases where the woman was at risk of serious harm or death, or where a doctor has given a diagnosis of a fatal foetal abnormality.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ireland-abortion-irish-parliament-dail-bill-legalise-oireachtas-a8669661.html

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This abortion law isn’t what Ireland voted for

This abortion law isn't what Ireland voted for
The Dáil should listen to the voters, not generate red tape that could stop vulnerable people getting the care they need

Emer O’Toole
Tue 4 Dec 2018

In 1983, as the Irish electorate voted in favour of a constitutional ban on abortion, campaigners warned in bold print: “This Amendment Could Kill Women.”

It did.

Following the tragedy of Savita Halappanavar’s death in 2012, Irish politicians were forced to legislate on a 20-year-old supreme court decision, one that consecutive governments had conspicuously kicked into the long grass. In 1992, a judge had ruled that a suicidal teenage rape victim had the right to an abortion. When the government finally produced the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013, it was so clearly unfit for purpose that the Abortion Rights Campaign doubted it would enable a suicidal teenage rape victim to access a termination at all.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/04/abortion-law-ireland-voted-dail-listen

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Ireland – Facebook admits publishing foreign ads before abortion vote

Facebook admits publishing foreign ads before abortion vote

Aaron Rogan, Senior Ireland Reporter
November 28 2018

Facebook has admitted that it took large sums of money from foreign groups that sought to influence Irish voters on the abortion referendum.

The company’s handling of political ads during the campaign before the vote in May was raised yesterday at a meeting in the House of Commons, attended by politicians from several countries including Ireland.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/facebook-admits-publishing-foreign-ads-before-abortion-vote-mgjgxtn0l

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Ireland – Public did not ‘vote for abortion in all circumstances’ – Simon Harris

Public did not ‘vote for abortion in all circumstances’ – Simon Harris
Abortion Bill: TDs debate 180 proposed amendments by pro-choice and anti-abortion TDs

Tue, Nov 6, 2018
Patsy McGarry, Colin Gleeson

Minister for Health Simon Harris argued that the public did not “vote for abortion in all circumstances” earlier this year as he resisted calls for all regulations surrounding the termination of pregnancy not to carry a criminal sanction if breached.

The Minister was speaking as the Oireachtas Health Committee debated some of the 180 proposed amendments to the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018 put forward by pro-choice and anti-abortion TDs.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/public-did-not-vote-for-abortion-in-all-circumstances-simon-harris-1.3688034

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Ireland – Frame abortion law in terms of access, not criminality

Frame abortion law in terms of access, not criminality
It is no answer to say that good faith healthcare providers have nothing to fear, when they are still potentially exposed to criminal investigation, says Maeve Taylor.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Maeve Taylor

The Eighth Amendment has been excised from the Constitution and is no longer part of Irish law.

Following the referendum, Minister for Health Simon Harris published the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill. When enacted, it will influence not only how women access care and how healthcare providers deliver it, but also how society thinks about abortion.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/views/analysis/frame-abortion-law-in-terms-of-access-not-criminality-882168.html

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UK abortion law is outdated, not evidence based, and prevents best practice

Hayley Webb: UK abortion law is outdated, not evidence based, and prevents best practice

We must build on the momentum of this year to ensure that women across the UK can truly have governance over their own bodies

October 30, 2018

There is an air of hopeful anticipation within the abortion rights movement. So far, 2018 has brought much cause to celebrate. In March, the 50th anniversary of the implementation of the Abortion Act marked 50 years of safe provision in the UK. Then in May came the landslide vote in favour of repealing the eighth amendment in Ireland. A victory undoubtedly in part due to the collective voice of Irish doctors who came forward in their hundreds to stand up for women, sharing their powerful stories from the frontline and debunking the abundant harmful abortion myths. June and August brought approval for home use of Misoprostol in England and Wales, meaning that women will soon be able to take the second pill for early medical abortion in the comfort of their own homes. This came as a legal challenge to home use in Scotland, which had led the way in 2017, was successfully defended.

Continued: https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2018/10/30/hayley-webb-uk-abortion-law-is-outdated-not-evidence-based-and-prevents-best-practice/

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UK – Diana Johnson interview: “We need a modern, fit-for-purpose abortion law”

Diana Johnson interview: “We need a modern, fit-for-purpose abortion law”

Sienna Rodgers
23rd October, 2018

Labour MP Diana Johnson will today introduce a ten-minute rule bill in the House of Commons that would see abortion decriminalised. Currently, the Offences Against the Persons Act 1861 makes abortion illegal in the UK except when there is a risk to the life or health of the mother, and this legislation was only partly superseded by the Abortion Act 1967. Ahead of tabling the backbench bill, Johnson spoke to LabourList.

How did abortion become a key focus in your work as an MP?

Continued: https://labourlist.org/2018/10/diana-johnson-interview-we-need-a-modern-fit-for-purpose-abortion-law/

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Ireland – A doctor must act like one – even around conscience and abortion

A doctor must act like one - even around conscience and abortion
Clinicians have professional duty to put patients’ needs first and above their own

Oct 22, 2018
Wendy Chavkin

Dr X opposed repeal of the Eighth Amendment, does not want to provide abortions and will refer patients to her willing GP partners. Dr Y opposed repeal, does not want to provide or refer for abortions as he does not want anyone to have one. Dr Z voted for repeal but is now upset that GPs will not be paid sufficiently for providing an additional service. They are all considering calling themselves conscientious objectors.

Although most Irish doctors supported repeal and the mandate from voters, how Ireland sets the practical rules for doctors like X, Y and Z will determine whether Irish women get the services promised.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/a-doctor-must-act-like-one-even-around-conscience-and-abortion-1.3671929

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