The Pro Life Campaign’s definition of love is cruel

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The Pro Life Campaign’s definition of love is cruel
Diarmaid Ferriter: It is a strange kind of love that denies a teenage rape victim an abortion

Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Diarmaid Ferriter

Speaking at the unveiling of the Pro Life Campaign’s “Love Both” campaign during the week, spokeswoman Caroline Simons said: “Voters who support abortion in limited circumstances need to know that what they hope for with repeal and what they get are two entirely different things.”

What astounding arrogance. Simons has decided that those who will vote for the removal of the amendment have no independence of mind and are naive, delusional dupes who will vote next month unaware of the reality of what they are doing and devoid of a capacity for love. She has also decided what they hope for.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/the-pro-life-campaign-s-definition-of-love-is-cruel-1.3468389

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Varadkar backs Yes vote saying Ireland should ‘trust women and trust doctors’

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Varadkar backs Yes vote saying Ireland should ‘trust women and trust doctors’

April 21, 2018
Aine McMahon

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has hit out at claims by the No side in the abortion referendum campaign.

Mr Varadkar said if the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is repealed, the Government will introduce a safe, regulated doctor-led system in Ireland.

The Eighth Amendment was inserted into the Constitution after a referendum in 1983. The amendment guarantees to protect as far as practicable the equal right to life of the unborn and the mother. It prohibits abortion in almost all cases. Voters go to the polls on May 25th to decide whether or not to remove the provision from the Constitution and introduce legislation allowing for abortion in certain circumstances and without restriction in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/varadkar-backs-yes-vote-saying-ireland-should-trust-women-and-trust-doctors-1.3469913

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Ireland – Abortion campaigners face a gruelling battle of the Boyne

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Abortion campaigners face a gruelling battle of the Boyne
Canvassers from both sides are working hard to win hearts and minds in Drogheda
Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Harry McGee in Drogheda

On either side of the River Boyne, two small armies in day-glo bright uniforms move with military precision.

The two campaigns representing the Yes and No sides in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment have amassed impressive numbers of dedicated canvassers in Drogheda, which is as good a bellwether as any for what middle Ireland represents.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/abortion-campaigners-face-a-gruelling-battle-of-the-boyne-1.3468773

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Ireland – McDonald says abortion law in NI should be ‘in kilter’ with Republic

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McDonald says abortion law in NI should be ‘in kilter’ with Republic
Sinn Féin launches party campaign in favour of repeal ahead of the May ‘date with destiny’

April 20, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Sinn Féin will seek to harmonise abortion laws across the country if the Eighth Amendment is removed from the Constitution.

Abortion is banned in almost all circumstances in Northern Ireland, while in the Republic it is permitted only when a mother’s life is at risk.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/mcdonald-says-abortion-law-in-ni-should-be-in-kilter-with-republic-1.3467592

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Closer look at poll figures makes clear Eighth will be repealed

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Closer look at poll figures makes clear Eighth will be repealed
When undecided voters taken out of reckoning ‘Yes’ side has significant advantage

April 20, 2018
Pat Leahy

The abortion referendum will not be decided until this day five weeks, May 25th, when voters go to the polling stations to cast their votes on the future of the Eighth Amendment.

A lot of campaigning has yet to come. But unless something very substantial changes in the campaign over the coming weeks, the proposal to repeal the amendment, and liberalise Ireland’s abortion laws, will be passed.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/closer-look-at-poll-figures-makes-clear-eighth-will-be-repealed-1.3467464

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Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll: Nothing can be taken for granted

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Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll: Nothing can be taken for granted
A successful campaign for the repeal movement will take not just commitment to stay the course for the next five weeks, but discipline and realism

April 20, 2018

The findings of today’s latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll will come as welcome reassurance to those who wish to see a change in Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws. However, they should take nothing for granted. There are five weeks from today until polling day in the referendum. It will be an intense and hard-fought campaign.

Today’s findings, however, suggest that the repeal campaign is in the driving seat. Just under half - 47 per cent - of all voters now say they will vote in favour of removing the constitutional ban on abortion, while 28 per cent say they will vote against the measure.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/irish-times-ipsos-mrbi-poll-nothing-can-be-taken-for-granted-1.3467487

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Can Facebook beat back the fake news in Ireland’s upcoming vote on abortion?

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Can Facebook beat back the fake news in Ireland’s upcoming vote on abortion?
By Laura Hazard Owen
April 20, 2018

The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed.

Facebook ad transparency ahead of Ireland’s abortion referendum. On May 25, Irish citizens will vote on whether to end the country’s abortion ban. In advance of the referendum, CNN’s Ivana Kottasová reports, Facebook is rolling out a new tool that will “give users more information about political advertisements and sponsored posts in their News Feeds.” It’s already been tested in Canada and will roll out globally before the U.S. midterms.

Continued: http://www.niemanlab.org/2018/04/can-facebook-beat-back-the-fake-news-in-irelands-upcoming-vote-on-abortion/

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Ireland – Campaigners warn time is running out to register for abortion vote

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Campaigners warn time is running out to register for abortion vote
Together for Yes says young people have a "critical role" to play in the vote

19 Apr 2018
Michael Staines

Campaigners have launched a new drive calling on people to make sure they are registered to vote in the upcoming abortion referendum.

The 'Together for Yes' group is highlighting the "critical role" young people have to play in the campaign.

The group said there are some 466,000 people between the ages of 18-25 who are eligible to vote in Ireland - provided they are registered before the deadline on May 8th.

Continued: https://www.newstalk.com/Campaigners-warn-time-is-running-out-to-register-for-abortion-vote

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Ireland abortion debate heating up as Ireland decides its next step

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Ireland abortion debate heating up as Ireland decides its next step

John Spain
April 19, 2018

The vote on whether to repeal the 8th Amendment of Ireland's constitution, paving the way to change abortion law in Ireland, is set for May 25, and campaigning is taking off.

The referendum to introduce abortion into Ireland is now just over a month away -- the vote will be on May 25 -- and the national campaigns are finally kicking into life after weeks when surprisingly little has been heard from either side. Now it's all action, a bit like a baby in the womb when it gets to the stage when it suddenly begins kicking. Suddenly, like a bad rash that appears overnight, large red anti-abortion posters materialized on lampposts all over Dublin last week.

continued: https://www.irishcentral.com/news/irishvoice/ireland-abortion-debate

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Ireland – Lawyer groups launch campaigns on both sides of abortion debate

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Lawyer groups launch campaigns on both sides of abortion debate
Both sides are highlighting the legal effect of the Eighth Amendment

19 Apr 2018
Michael Staines

Two separate groups from the legal profession are launching campaigns advocating for both sides in the upcoming abortion referendum.

One group, which includes practicing barristers and solicitors along with former Judges, launched a statement in favour of a 'No' vote this afternoon.

Continued: https://www.newstalk.com/Lawyer-groups-launch-campaigns-on-both-sides-of-abortion-debate-

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