Ireland: Emigrants called #HometoVote in abortion referendum

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Emigrants called #HometoVote in abortion referendum
New campaign launched urging eligible voters to travel from abroad to cast their ballots

Feb 8, 2018
Ciara Kenny

Recent emigrants are being encouraged to travel back to Ireland to vote in the upcoming referendum on abortion.

The London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign estimates that more than 40,000 Irish citizens living abroad could be eligible to vote in the referendum, and have created a new “Home to Vote” website (hometovote.com) to inform them of their rights and encourage them to vote if they are eligible.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/abroad/emigrants-called-hometovote-in-abortion-referendum-1.3384581

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From Linda Kavanagh to Tracy Harkin: A guide to who’s who in Ireland’s divisive abortion debate

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From Linda Kavanagh to Tracy Harkin: A guide to who's who in Ireland's divisive abortion debate
With Ireland's landmark referendum on the Eighth Amendment looming, voices on both sides of the abortion debate are getting ­ louder. But who exactly is lining out?

John Meagher
February 4 2018

It has been a momentous week for campaigners on both sides of the great abortion debate as it was finally confirmed that a referendum would be held this summer. Friday, May 25, is thought to be the most likely day for the referendum, one that pro-choice supporters hope will forever lift the ban on abortion.

But despite a series of opinion polls that indicate that the majority of the country wants change, the pro-life side believes a large cohort of people opposed to abortion have not had their voices heard.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/from-linda-kavanagh-to-tracy-harkin-a-guide-to-whos-who-in-irelands-divisive-abortion-debate-36558195.html

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Ireland’s abortion referendum signals progress for women – but north of the border under the DUP, things look grim

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Ireland's abortion referendum signals progress for women – but north of the border under the DUP, things look grim
Many thought that the referendum on equal marriage in the Republic of Ireland in 2015 would encourage politicians to campaign for a similar change in the law in Northern Ireland. But the last couple of years has shown us that progress can suddenly stall

Caitlin De Jode
Tuesday 30 January 2018

“Essentially what we’re asking people to do is to allow us to change the constitution so that we can make changes to our laws – liberalise them, relax them, make them more compassionate… We’re asking people, now, to trust women.”

For thousands of Irish people watching a blurry YouTube live stream, or desperately refreshing Twitter last night, hearing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar say those words proved to be a surprisingly emotional moment.

Continued: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/ireland-abortion-referendum-women-feminism-protest-dup-nothern-ireland-border-grim-a8185886.html

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Irish health minister defends abortion ban referendum

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Irish health minister defends abortion ban referendum

The Associated Press
Gregory Katz
January 30, 2018

LONDON — Irish women are having abortions regardless of a near-total constitutional ban on terminating pregnancies, the country’s health minister said Tuesday in defence of a planned referendum that will ask voters whether the amendment should be repealed.

Health Minister Simon Harris said on Ireland’s RTE television that he is beginning work on a proposed abortion law that would be submitted to parliament if the May referendum removes the constitutional ban. The legislation would allow abortions during the first trimester, he said.

Continued: http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/irish-health-minister-working-on-proposed-new-abortion-law

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These Luggage Tags Protest Ireland’s Abortion Ban & The Message Is Powerful

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These Luggage Tags Protest Ireland’s Abortion Ban & The Message Is Powerful
ByMorgan Brinlee
Dec 23, 2017

The artsy "here's my luggage waiting to take a journey" photograph is, by now, a tried and true tradition for holiday travelers on Instagram or Twitter. But what if your luggage-in-transit snap could send a powerful political statement about women's reproductive rights? For many travelers en route to or from Ireland this holiday season, they can and they are. For its latest campaign, an abortion rights advocacy group is encouraging holiday travelers to use "Healthcare Not Airfare" luggage tags to make a statement about abortion rights in Ireland.

To raise awareness about the journey Irish women must make to obtain an abortion, the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign designed an eye-catching white luggage tag with a simple message: Healthcare not airfare.

Continued at source: https://www.bustle.com/p/these-luggage-tags-protest-irelands-abortion-ban-the-message-is-powerful-7681385

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Abortion campaigners urge Scottish Government to ‘strongly fight’ legal challenge to at-home terminations

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Abortion campaigners urge Scottish Government to 'strongly fight' legal challenge to at-home terminations
Helen McArdle, Health Correspondent
Dec 21, 2017

ALLOWING women to take the abortion pill at home is “perfectly safe” and would bring an end to the “horrendous experience” of women haemorrhaging as they travel home from clinics, campaigners have said.

In a letter in today’s Herald, a number of pro-choice groups, trade unions and politicians hit back at a legal challenge mounted against the Scottish Government’s plan to enable women up to nine weeks pregnant to take the drug misoprostol at home, and urged ministers to “strongly fight” the legal action.

Continued at source: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/health/15787609.Campaigners_urge_ministers_to__strongly_fight__abortion_pill_legal_challenge/

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Irish People Flying Home For Christmas Are Sharing An Important Message About Abortion

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Irish People Flying Home For Christmas Are Sharing An Important Message About Abortion

Luggage tags that read "healthcare not airfare" aim to highlight the fact that every year, thousands of women travel from Ireland and Northern Ireland to Britain to get abortions.
Posted on December 21, 2017
Laura Silver, BuzzFeed News Reporter

Irish people travelling home for Christmas are labelling their suitcases with "healthcare not airfare" luggage tags to highlight the number of women who travel to Britain for an abortion, which is illegal in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Many people have been sharing pictures of their luggage tags on social media using the hashtag "Choice4Xmas".

Continued at source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/irish-people-flying-home-for-christmas-are-sharing-an

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UK: A “controversial” Northern Irish anti-abortion campaign doesn’t deserve a PR award

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A “controversial” Northern Irish anti-abortion campaign doesn’t deserve a PR award
When women’s lives and freedoms are imperilled, the publicity should always be bad, says Rebecca Schiller

By Rebecca Schiller
Dec 13, 2017

“Controversial” is a word too often used to hide the leer of evil things or bad people attempting to pass themselves off as one side of a reasonable debate. Milo Yiannopoulos was “controversial” until he gave the thumbs-up to paedophiles. It is the epithet chosen to introduce Breitbart into polite society and let’s not forget the ever so “controversial” child tax credit “rape clause”.

Real controversy is important and can spark the kind of debate that makes positive change and progress happen. But these people, ideas and statements are not important facets of a three-dimensional debate. They are not controversial – they are malignant and dangerous.

Continued at source: https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/politics/2017/50/Rebecca-Schiller-on-Both-Lives-Matter-controversial-win?mc_cid=402a629e5a&mc_eid=daef22644f

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Free abortion offer for Northern Ireland women

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Free abortion offer for Northern Ireland women
Helen Puttick, Scottish Health Correspondent

November 1 2017, The Times

Women from Northern Ireland will be able to have abortions in Scotland free of charge from next week after an attempt to block the move in Holyrood was dropped.

Pregnancy terminations are allowed in Northern Ireland only if the mother’s life is in danger or there is a serious risk to her physical or mental health.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/free-abortion-offer-for-ulster-women-78s7jmsw0

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The Fight for Abortions in Ireland

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The Fight for Abortions in Ireland

As the country prepares to hold a referendum on abortion, religiously-motivated opposition to it may be on the wane.

Yasmeen Serhan
Oct 3, 2017 Global

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Dublin Saturday for the annual March for Choice, a demonstration calling on Ireland’s government to ease its near-total abortion ban. It was the first major rally organized by pro-choice advocates since the government announced an upcoming referendum: Next summer, the country will vote on whether it should change its abortion laws. The advocates told me that if the referendum works out in their favor, they may not have to organize any more marches.

But it’s not yet clear how likely the laws are to change, or even what changes will be proposed. The exact wording of the vote is not expected to be determined before December.

Continued at source: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/10/ireland-abortion-referendum/541527/

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