Ireland: Abortion referendum is going to happen so let’s drop the histrionics and simply get on with it

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Abortion referendum is going to happen so let's drop the histrionics and simply get on with it

Kevin Doyle
January 11 2018

It seems pretty clear now we'll be voting on the abortion referendum in the summer.

Nobody in Government will say it out loud but there is a growing consensus among ministers that the country will be asked a reasonably straightforward question along the lines: Do you want to repeal the Eighth Amendment and give the Oireachtas the power to legislate for abortion? And in the event that is your preference, do you want TDs to allow unrestricted terminations up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy?

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/kevin-doyle-abortion-referendum-is-going-to-happen-so-lets-drop-the-histrionics-and-simply-get-on-with-it-36477777.html

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Ireland: Leo Varadkar’s shifting view on abortion will be key to campaign

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Leo Varadkar’s shifting view on abortion will be key to campaign
‘I consider myself to be pro-life in that I accept that the unborn child is a human life with rights,’ Taoiseach told Dáil in 2014, but also said Eighth Amendment was ‘too restrictive’

Jan 11, 2018
Pat Leahy

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Wednesday again declined to give his views on the report of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, which has recommended legislating for abortion on request up to 12 weeks. However, several Fine Gael sources, including some who have discussed the issue with the Taoiseach, expect that he will back the proposals, joining the seven cabinet ministers who have so far expressed their support.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/leo-varadkar-s-shifting-view-on-abortion-will-be-key-to-campaign-1.3351288

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

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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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Ireland: Cabinet to discuss Oireachtas Committee report on abortion

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Cabinet to discuss Oireachtas Committee report on abortion
Simon Harris to bring memo to today’s meeting laying out likely steps before a referendum

Jan 10, 2017
Pat Leahy, Sarah Bardon, Fiach Kelly

The Cabinet is to discuss the report of the Oireachtas Committee on abortion at its meeting on Wednesday morning as preparations continue for a likely referendum before the summer.

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, will bring a memo to the Cabinet’s first meeting of 2018 laying out the likely steps before a referendum which Mr Harris will tell colleagues can be held in either late May or early June.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/cabinet-to-discuss-oireachtas-committee-report-on-abortion-1.3350273

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Ireland: Harris presents abortion plan to cabinet

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Harris presents abortion plan to cabinet

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
January 9 2018, The Times

Simon Harris will outline his plans for reform of the state’s abortion laws at a cabinet meeting tomorrow.

The minister for health has said that the government should follow the recommendations made by an Oireachtas committee last month in allowing abortion for all women up to 12 weeks. Mr Harris wants draft legislation published by February 14 to help meet the target of a referendum in May or June.

This legislation would only come into effect if the public voted to abolish the Eighth Amendment.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/harris-presents-abortion-plan-to-cabinet-trfhbbjmw

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Ireland: The Women’s Podcast: ‘Everyday Stories’ of abortion

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The Women’s Podcast: ‘Everyday Stories’ of abortion
Caoimhe Anglin talks to Róisín Ingle about the project aiming to get people talking about the Eighth Amendment

Jan 8, 2018
Jennifer Ryan

Have you ever wanted to talk to someone about abortion, but didn’t know how to go about it?

The Everyday Stories project is about facilitating those conversations through workshops in towns and villages across the country ahead of a referendum on the Eighth Amendment in the coming months.

The project is gathering the personal accounts of women who have experienced abortion and allowing them to be used to aid group discussions on the topic, organised in association with the campaign.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/the-women-s-podcast-everyday-stories-of-abortion-1.3348536

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Ireland: Cabinet concern at allowing abortion up to 12 weeks

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Cabinet concern at allowing abortion up to 12 weeks

Monday, January 08, 2018
By Daniel McConnell, Political Editor

There are concerns in the Cabinet about allowing abortion up to 12 weeks, as recommended by the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, the Irish Examiner can reveal.

“That is the most challenging element,” said one minister. “While it is a straightforward way of dealing with it as an issue legally, that will cause most concern at Cabinet, from a political perspective.”

The Irish Examiner has learned that the most likely date for a referendum is Friday, May 25, should the Cabinet agree to put the question to the people.

Continued at source: https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/cabinet-concern-at-allowing-abortion-up-to-12-weeks-465459.html

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Ireland: Archbishop urges Catholics to speak out against abortion

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Archbishop urges Catholics to speak out against abortion
Eamon Martin asks the faithful to become ‘missionaries for life’ ahead of referendum

Sat, Jan 6, 2018
Michael Barry

The Catholic Primate of All-Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, has urged members of the Church to become “missionaries for the cause of life” in the run-up to the abortion referendum later this year.

In a pastoral message for 2018 released on Saturday, the archbishop said Catholics should ignore the “strong pressures to remain silent” and speak to their relatives, friends, colleagues, and public representatives about the importance of “cherishing the precious gift of life at all times from conception to natural death”.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/archbishop-urges-catholics-to-speak-out-against-abortion-1.3347360

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Ireland: Abortion referendum will not be delayed, says Harris

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Abortion referendum will not be delayed, says Harris
Minister denies reports Eighth Amendment vote could be postponed until October

Jan 2, 2018
Sarah Bardon

The Minister for Health has insisted the Government is committed to holding a referendum on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution this summer.

Simon Harris denied weekend newspaper reports that the vote would be delayed until October, due to the tight timeframe facing the Government.

Continued at link: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum-will-not-be-delayed-says-harris-1.3342481

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Ireland: Latest: Summer date for abortion unrealistic, says Owen

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Latest: Summer date for abortion unrealistic, says Owen
Dec 31, 2017

Update 1.38pm: A former Fine Gael Justice Minister has said that Pope Francis' visit next August might not be the only reason for delaying the abortion referendum.

The Taoiseach has previously said he would prefer if the country voted on the 8th Amendment in May or June.

However, Nora Owen has said that the preparation alone required for the referendum makes this timeline unrealistic. "I think that Pope or no Pope, you're probably looking at a longer date than May and June, and you can't push it into July or August," she said.

Continued at source: http://www.eveningecho.ie/oneaday/Latest-Summer-date-for-abortion-unrealistic-says-Owen-68620353-a57a-46e0-8dae-695def051789-ds

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