Ireland – Lack of training and equipment worries doctors ahead of abortion deadline

Lack of training and equipment worries doctors ahead of abortion deadline

Press Association 2018
Sep 19, 2018

Doctors have voiced concern over whether the Irish Health Service will be ready to start carrying out abortions by January 2019.

The Oireachtas Health Committee heard warnings from doctors that more investment is needed in the health service to adapt to the “new reality” ahead.

Continued: https://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/national/16889531.lack-of-training-and-equipment-worries-doctors-ahead-of-abortion-deadline/

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Ireland – Abortion services will be free, Harris confirms

Abortion services will be free, Harris confirms

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
By Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner Political Correspondent

Ireland's imminent abortion services will be completely free to ensure they can be fully accessed by anyone who needs them, end the need to travel abroad for care and to prevent an influx of private abortion clinics into this country.

Health Minister Simon Harris confirmed the new services will not cost anything just 24 hours after President Michael D Higgins signed the referendum result into law, thereby formally removing the eighth amendment from the constitution.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/abortion-services-will-be-free-harris-confirms-870089.html

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Ireland’s President signs law repealing constitutional ban on abortion

Ireland’s President signs law repealing constitutional ban on abortion
Michael D Higgins officially repealed the Eighth Amendment following a vote in May’s referendum on the issue.

September 18 2018

The bill repealing the Eighth Amendment, amending Ireland’s abortion laws was signed on Tuesday by the President of Ireland.

The Irish electorate voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment in May’s referendum, with just under 67% voting in favour of repeal.

Continued: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/irelands-president-signs-law-repealing-constitutional-ban-on-abortion-37330222.html

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Ireland – President signs Bill repealing Eighth Amendment into law

President signs Bill repealing Eighth Amendment into law
Move paves way for Government to introduce law on abortion in coming weeks

Tue, Sep 18, 2018
Fiach Kelly

The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution has officially been repealed after President Michael D Higgins signed the Bill giving effect to the abortion referendum result into law.

It means that there is no longer a constitutional ban on abortion and the Oireachtas is now free to legislate to change Ireland’s existing abortion regime.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/president-signs-bill-repealing-eighth-amendment-into-law-1.3633601

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Ireland – Anti-abortion group plans media assault

Anti-abortion group plans media assault

Aaron Rogan, Senior Ireland Reporter
September 17 2018

A leading anti-abortion group is planning to launch a media platform in response to the result of the referendum on Eighth Amendment in May, a letter to supporters has revealed.

The Life Institute, which ran the Save the 8th campaign, sent its members a 13-page document detailing how it lost the referendum and how it would respond. “Plans for a serious collaboration to establish a new media platform are being put in place,” it said.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/anti-abortion-group-plans-media-assault-npfhjxh6v

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Meet the activist who’s helped thousands of Irish women access safe abortions

Meet the activist who’s helped thousands of Irish women access safe abortions

Posted by Moya Crockett
Published Sep 10, 2018

Woman of the Week is Stylist’s weekly celebration of women who are making a difference to society. This week, we meet Mara Clarke, the founder of the Abortion Support Network, to discuss how things have changed since Ireland’s abortion referendum.

Mara Clarke was in Dublin when the results of the Irish abortion referendum were announced. The founder of the Abortion Support Network (ASN) – a grassroots organisation that provides women with advice and financial aid so that they can access safe terminations – desperately hoped abortion would be decriminalised in Ireland. But she didn’t really think it would happen.

“When the exit polls came out, I didn’t believe it,” she says today. “Even when the results were officially announced, I still didn’t believe it. But then everything went crazy.”

Continued: https://www.stylist.co.uk/visible-women/mara-clarke-abortion-support-network-interview-2018-8th-amendment-repeal/226406

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Ireland – Abortion legislation to come before Dáil within weeks, says Harris

Abortion legislation to come before Dáil within weeks, says Harris

Saturday, 8 Sep 2018
By Joe Mag Raollaigh

Legislation that will pave the way for the introduction of abortion in Ireland will be brought to the Dáil in a matter of weeks.

However, Minister for Health Simon Harris has warned against reopening the referendum debate after former Taoiseach John Bruton said the proposed legislation needs to be amended.

Mr Harris confirmed today that the Bill is being finalised.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/0908/992511-abortion-legislation-dail/

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Ireland – Doctors could be allowed refer women to UK for abortion ahead of new services

Doctors could be allowed refer women to UK for abortion ahead of new services
Referendum Bill expected to be signed by President next week following Supreme Court ruling

Sat, Sep 8, 2018
Brian Hutton

Doctors in Ireland could be allowed refer women to the UK for abortions in the coming months ahead of planned new services here in January, Minister for Health Simon Harris has signalled.

The abortion referendum Bill is expected to be signed by President Michael D Higgins next week following a ruling on Friday by the Supreme Court blocking any further legal challenges to last May’s referendum result.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/doctors-could-be-allowed-refer-women-to-uk-for-abortion-ahead-of-new-services-1.3623087

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Ireland – Court refusal clears the way for change in abortion law

Court refusal clears the way for change in abortion law

Lise Hand, Aaron Rogan
September 8 2018

Leo Varadkar has confirmed that abortion will be available in Ireland in January after the Supreme Court cleared the way for the law to the changed.

The court yesterday refused to hear a further appeal by a Dublin woman to challenge the abortion referendum result. It said Joanna Jordan’s grounds of appeal were “unstateable” and based on “flimsy” evidence.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/court-refusal-clears-the-way-for-change-in-abortion-law-lrhscfs3b

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Ireland – Supreme Court clears way for abortion law

Supreme Court clears way for abortion law
Government ‘on track’ to have legislation through in the next parliamentary session

Fri, Sep 7, 2018
Mary Carolan, Pat Leahy

President Michael D Higgins is expected to sign the abortion referendum bill into law next week, deleting the constitutional ban on abortion and paving the way for the government to introduce legislation allowing for abortion to the Dáil in the coming weeks.

The Supreme Court on Friday decided that there were no grounds to hear an appeal of a decision by the Court of Appeal last month which upheld the High Court’s rejection of a challenge to the abortion referendum result.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/supreme-court/supreme-court-clears-way-for-abortion-law-1.3621863

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