Ireland: State risks further abortion compo after €30k payout

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State risks further abortion compo after €30k payout
Thursday, November 09, 2017

By Fiachra Ó Cionnaith
Irish Examiner Political Correspondent

Ireland is at risk of having to pay compensation to thousands of women forced to travel abroad to receive an abortion unless the law is immediately changed to make the procedure legal and easily accessible.

The US-based Centre for Reproductive Rights (CRR) made the claim after the State paid out €30,000 over an abortion case, for only the second time in its history, in response to a UN ruling on the matter.

Continued at source: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/state-risks-further-abortion-compo-after-30k-payout-462516.html

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Ireland: Tensions over witnesses’ letters at Eighth Amendment committee

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Tensions over witnesses' letters at Eighth Amendment committee
Updated / Wednesday, 8 Nov 2017

Chair of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment has told members that she will not be reading letters of witnesses into the record of the committee, if they choose not to attend.

Senator Catherine Noone was returning to an earlier request by Deputy Mattie McGrath of the Rural Independent Group, who requested that letters be those who did not attend today be read by the chair.

Continued at source: https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/1108/918537-oireachtas-eighth-amendment-committee/

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State pays €30k in compensation to woman denied abortion in Ireland

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State pays €30k in compensation to woman denied abortion in Ireland

Shane Phelan
November 7 2017

The State has paid €30,000 in compensation to a woman who had to travel to the UK for an abortion after a fatal foetal abnormality diagnosis.

The settlement with Siobhan Whelan was agreed in recent days, Independent.ie has learned.

It also involves a commitment to fund supports for the Co Wexford woman.

Continued at source: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/state-pays-30k-in-compensation-to-woman-denied-abortion-in-ireland-36298487.html

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UK: Woman paid €30,000 over having to travel for abortion

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Woman paid €30,000 over having to travel for abortion
UN Human Rights Committee case concerns abortion in UK for fatal foetal abnormality

Nov 7, 2017
Pat Leahy

The Government has paid €30,000 in compensation to a woman who travelled to the UK for an abortion after a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality.

Siobhan Whelan, who successfully took a case to the United Nations Human Rights Committee earlier this year, has also been offered access to counselling services.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/woman-paid-30-000-over-having-to-travel-for-abortion-1.3283416

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UN highlights the shame of Ireland’s harsh abortion laws

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UN highlights the shame of Ireland’s harsh abortion laws
13 June 2017

A ruling issued today by the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) that Ireland’s harsh abortion laws violated the human rights of an Irish woman is yet another reminder of the desperate need for reform, Amnesty International said.

The UNHRC ordered that Ireland redress the harm it caused to Siobhán Whelan, who was forced to travel to the UK for an abortion in 2010, including by reforming its abortion laws to prevent similar violations happening to other women.

“This is the second case within a year where the UN has found Ireland’s abortion laws to be grossly out of step with its international human rights obligations. While we welcome this ruling, it is outrageous that women have to go to the UN to have their human rights respected. How many more women will have to suffer before the Irish government opens its eyes?” said Gauri Van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Director.

Continued at source: Amnesty International: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/06/un-highlights-the-shame-of-irelands-harsh-abortion-laws/

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Abortion in Ireland: committee votes for constitutional change

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Abortion in Ireland: committee votes for constitutional change

Citizens’ Assembly votes 87% in favour of advising government to change eighth amendment on right to life
Nadia Khomami and agency

Saturday 22 April 2017

A committee set up to deliberate on Ireland’s strict abortion regime has voted for the constitutional rules to be changed.

The Citizens’ Assembly, a randomly selected group of 99 members of the public chaired by the supreme court judge Mary Laffoy, met on Saturday to discuss the contentious issue for the final time.

At the heart of the assembly’s work is examining the eighth amendment to the republic’s constitution, which gives equal right to life to the mother and the foetus. In the first of a series of votes by members on whether to advise constitutional reform, the assembly voted 87% in favour of change.

Continued at link: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/22/abortion-in-ireland-committee-votes-for-constitutional-change

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Ireland: State shelves cash aid plan in abortion cases

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State shelves cash aid plan in abortion cases
Department won't pay to repatriate remains in cases of fatal foetal abnormality

Mark O'Regan

April 2 2017 2:30 AM

Women who have UK abortions involving a fatal foetal abnormality will not have the remains repatriated to Ireland at the State's expense.

Last year, the Department of Health said such a proposal was receiving active consideration following the high-profile case of Amanda Mellet.

The Irishwoman made headlines worldwide after the UN found she suffered discrimination, plus cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, having been forced to travel to the UK to terminate a pregnancy. Her foetus had been diagnosed as having a fatal abnormality.

Continued at source: The Independent: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/state-shelves-cash-aid-plan-in-abortion-cases-35585951.html

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Repeal, Defund, or Legalize: The Fight for Abortion in Ireland and the United States

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Repeal, Defund, or Legalize: The Fight for Abortion in Ireland and the United States
by Tijana Mitrovic
February 16, 2017

Abortion remains a controversial topic in the West regardless of whether it is legal or not. While the United States Supreme Court Case Roe v Wade (1973) declared state laws banning or restricting first trimester abortions unconstitutional in the United States, in Ireland almost all cases of abortion have been constitutionally illegal since 1983.

While abortion was already illegal in Ireland before 1983, it was this year that a voter referendum enacted the Eighth Amendment which “gave ‘the right to life of the unborn’ equal status to ‘the right to life of the mother’ under the Constitution”. However, the labelling of abortion as a crime apparently enshrined in the constitution has not made the topic any less controversial, nor has it halted criticism from the domestic population or international sources.

Continued at source: McGill International Review: http://mironline.ca/repeal-defund-legalize-fight-abortion-ireland-united-states/

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The Irish government is compensating a woman after abortion trauma

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By Rachel Thompson, Mashable
Dec 2, 2016

LONDON — The Irish government has for the first time compensated a woman for the trauma caused when she had to travel overseas to get an abortion.

Amanda Mellet was told when she was in the 21st week of pregnancy that the foetus had a fatal abnormality and it would not survive.

In the Republic of Ireland, a constitutional ban on abortion means that only women whose pregnancies put their lives at risk can have access to safe, legal abortion services. This constitutional ban means that abortion is not permitted in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.

Mellet had to choose between carrying her pregnancy to term — knowing that the foetus would die in the womb or after birth — or travelling

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Source: Mashable.com

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Ireland offers £25,000 to woman forced to have abortion in the UK

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In June, the UN Human Rights Committee ruled Ireland’s abortion laws subjected Amanda Mellet to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment

by Alexandra Sims
Thursday 1 December 2016, The Independent

Ireland has for the first time compensated a woman who was forced to travel to Britain to have an abortion.

The government agreed on Wednesday to offer Amanda Mellet €30,000 (£25,000 ) in compensation after she was forced to fly to England to terminate her pregnancy in 2011 when she was told at 21-weeks pregnant her baby carried a fatal foetal impairment and would not survive outside the womb.

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Source: The Independent

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