Ireland: ‘Pro-choice’ senator elected chair of abortion committee

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‘Pro-choice’ senator elected chair of abortion committee
Oireachtas committee examining abortion law meets for first time

June 21, 2017
Mary Minihan

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has been elected chairwoman of the Oireachtas abortion committee, which met for the first time on Wednesday in private.

The committee will meet again in two weeks. Ms Noone was the only nominee.

Fine Gael’s Senator Jerry Buttimer had been tipped to become chairman, partly because he led the Oireachtas committee that held hearings on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill four years ago.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/pro-choice-senator-elected-chair-of-abortion-committee-1.3127176

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Ireland: ‘Abortions were denied to women at suicide risk’

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‘Abortions were denied to women at suicide risk’

Harris pledges quick action on referendum
Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter

June 20 2017, The Times

Two women who had attempted suicide more than once were turned down for abortions in Ireland, a support group has said.

Both women were immigrants who needed visas if they were going to travel to the UK for a legal termination. One of the pregnancies had been diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality.

Continued at source: The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/abortions-refused-after-several-suicide-bids-xlxq0k8r7#

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Ireland must deal with abortion issue ‘definitively’, says Health Minister

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Ireland must deal with abortion issue 'definitively', says Health Minister
Tuesday 20th June 2017

Health Minister Simon Harris says Ireland must deal with abortion "definitively", after two women who had attempted suicide more than once were refused abortions in Ireland.

The Abortion Support Network says the women were both immigrants who needed visas if they were going to travel to the UK for a legal termination.

One of the pregnancies had been diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality.

Last night, Minister Harris said that he would make all possible resources available to draft legislation for a referendum on the issue.

Continued at source: WLR-FM: http://www.wlrfm.com/news/national/118035-ireland-must-deal-with-abortion-issue-definitively-says-health-minister.html

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Ireland: Abortion Rights Campaign Launches ‘Abortion Rights Roadshow’

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Abortion Rights Campaign Launches ‘Abortion Rights Roadshow’
17th June 2017

The Roadshow will travel the country over the summer months informing the public on why free, safe, and legal abortion access must be introduced both North and South.

Speaking in advance of the first Roadshow event in Galway this evening Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) spokesperson Caoimhe Doyle said: “With a referendum getting ever closer, now is the time to get our pro-choice message to everyone around the country. We will run street stalls in a different part of the country every weekend, equipped with informative leaflets, posters, and volunteers who will be able to answer questions about abortion rights, the 8th amendment, and our vision for the future in Ireland.”

Continued at source: Abortion Rights Campaign: https://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie/2017/06/17/abortion-rights-campaign-launches-abortion-rights-roadshow/

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Ireland: Cautious welcome for new Taoiseach’s 2018 Repeal referendum

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Cautious welcome for new Taoiseach’s 2018 Repeal referendum

June 16, 2017
Referendum on the 8th Amendment could be a step forward for Ireland

Speaking today in response to the announcement of a referendum to take place in 2018, Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) spokesperson Linda Kavanagh said, “We’d obviously welcome it, however we reserve judgement until the wording of the referendum is revealed. We fear that it will offer only very limited abortion access and repeat the failures of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act. We need broad-based legislation so that real and realistic access is given, otherwise thousands will still travel or break the law by importing and taking abortion pills.”

Continued at source: Abortion Rights Campaign: https://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie/2017/06/16/cautious-welcome-for-new-taoiseachs-2018-repeal-referendum/

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Bring on the Irish abortion referendum

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Bring on the Irish abortion referendum

Ella Whelan
assistant editor

This is our chance to make the positive case for women’s rights.

16 June 2017

In his first day in office as the new Fine Gael Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar announced that the Republic of Ireland will have a referendum on the Eighth Amendment next year.

The Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which was added following a referendum on abortion rights in 1983, ensures the right to life of the unborn. This means that a woman’s life and rights are equated with that of an embryo. Irish women cannot access abortion services, even in the event of rape or fatal fetal abnormality. They are forced to buy medicine illegally online, or travel to the UK at their own expense to access abortion services there.

Continued at source: Spiked: http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/bring-on-the-irish-abortion-referendum/19967

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Ireland: Varadkar announces abortion referendum for next year

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Varadkar announces abortion referendum for next year
15 Jun 2017
Kenneth Fox

Simon Harris will be responsible for bringing forward the legislation

Amidst the news of a new Taoisech in the Dáil and the announcement of his Cabinet, the news that Leo Varadkar had confirmed an abortion referendum, seemed to slip through the cracks.

Yesterday he confirmed that the referendum will take place sometime next year.

He said Health Minister Simon Harris would be responsible for bringing forward legislation to allow for the referendum on the eight amendment, which gives an equal right to life to the mother and the unborn.

Continued at link: NewsTalk: http://www.newstalk.com/Varadkar-announces-abortion-referendum-for-next-year-

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Ireland: Backing for repeal to fade during campaign, say anti-abortion group

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Backing for repeal to fade during campaign, say anti-abortion group
Pro-choice campaign hails ‘public support’ for abortion under certain circumstances

Sat, May 27, 2017
Ciarán D'Arcy

Public support for abortion in cases of rape and fatal foetal abnormality as outlined in today’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll will recede once a referendum is called, an anti-abortion group has claimed.

The survey of 1,200 voters carried out earlier this week revealed that 67 per cent of those polled would support access to abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities, rising to 72 per cent where the woman’s mental health is at serious risk and 76 per cent for cases of rape.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/backing-for-repeal-to-fade-during-campaign-say-anti-abortion-group-1.3099085

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Ireland: Martin refuses to outline position on abortion

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Martin refuses to outline position on abortion
The Fianna Fáil leader has pledged to allow party members a free vote on the issue

7 May 2017
Michael Staines

The leader of Fianna Fáil has refused to reveal his stance on Ireland’s abortion laws.

Micheál Martin has pledged to allow party members a free vote on the issue – adding that the people have a right to decide on what happens to the Eighth Amendment.

On Yates on Sunday this afternoon, Deputy Martin said he has always come from a pro-life background – but refused to be drawn on how he would vote in any potential referendum.

Continued at source: Newstalk: http://www.newstalk.com/Martin-refuses-to-outline-position-on-abortion

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“Cowardly Statements” from politicians condemned by the Abortion Rights Campaign

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“Cowardly Statements” from politicians condemned by the Abortion Rights Campaign
May 5, 2017

Press Release from the Abortion Rights Campaign

The campaign has today called on politicians to put aside their personal opinions and follow the will of the people.

Speaking today spokesperson Linda Kavanagh said, “The government must not back away from the call for choice made by the Citizens Assembly. While we welcome Simon Coveney’s statement that a referendum will be held next year on the issue of the 8th Amendment, we are concerned by his comment that he would not like to see ‘abortion on demand’. So-called abortion on demand is an emotive synonym for abortion on request, something the Citizens’ Assembly voted emphatically in favour of, at least up til 12 weeks.” Ms Kavanagh continued, “Minister Coveney was very supportive of the Citizens’ Assembly process – until they brought recommendations that he himself did not approve of.”

Continued at source: Abortion Rights Campaign: http://www.abortionrightscampaign.ie/2017/05/05/3729/

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