Ireland – Facebook will not extend ban to all ads relating to referendum

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Facebook will not extend ban to all ads relating to referendum
Social media giant will not follow Google’s lead with wider ban; Twitter says it has not seen any attempts to manipulate platform for purposes of referendum

May 10, 2018
Pat Leahy, Sarah Bardon, Ciara O'Brien

Facebook has said that it does not intend to follow the lead of Google and ban all ads relating to the abortion referendum.

Responding to questions from The Irish Times yesterday, a Facebook spokesman said “at the moment Facebook is not considering extending the ban on foreign ads”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/facebook-will-not-extend-ban-to-all-ads-relating-to-referendum-1.3491114

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The Catholic Church is absent in Ireland’s abortion referendum

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The Catholic Church is absent in Ireland’s abortion referendum
Abortion in Ireland is like gay marriage, emblematic of moving on from a religious past

Melanie McDonagh
5 May 2018

The Irish referendum on abortion takes place in just under three weeks’ time, and while the polls suggest a hefty majority in favour, the narrative of inexorable change towards a more liberal Ireland sometimes goes off script. At a feminist forum last month, the anarchic grande dame of Irish republican feminism, Nell McCafferty, 74, brooded out loud: ‘I’ve been trying to make up my mind on abortion. Is it the killing of a human being?’ She couldn’t answer. ‘But it’s not that I’m unable — I am unwilling to face some of the facts about abortion.’

Continued: https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/05/the-catholic-church-is-absent-in-irelands-abortion-referendum/

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Irish Woman With a Heart Condition and One Lung Refused Abortion Because Life Deemed Not at Risk

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Irish Woman With a Heart Condition and One Lung Refused Abortion Because Life Deemed Not at Risk
By Tom Porter
On 4/29/18

An Irish woman who said her pregnancy could kill her due to existing health conditions was denied a termination after doctors determined her life was not at risk.

Claire Malone, 30, from Co Wexford, has pulmonary atresia, a congenital heart condition, as well as pulmonary hypertension. In 2014 she had a lung removed. All conditions carry significant risk during pregnancy.

Continued: http://www.newsweek.com/irish-woman-heart-condition-and-one-lung-refused-abortion-because-life-not-905201

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Ireland – ‘Repeal the 8th’ mural reappears in Temple Bar

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‘Repeal the 8th’ mural reappears in Temple Bar
Maser’s mural was removed from side of the Project Arts Centre on Monday

April 27, 2018
Mark Hilliard

A mural backing repeal of the Eighth Amendment has reappeared in Dublin’s Temple Bar following its ordered removal from a nearby wall earlier this week.

The previous version, featuring the words “Repeal” inside a red love heart, was removed from the side of the Project Arts Centre building on Monday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/repeal-the-8th-mural-reappears-in-temple-bar-1.3476832

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Ireland – Heart failure patient unable to get abortion as life ‘not at immediate risk’

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Heart failure patient unable to get abortion as life ‘not at immediate risk’
Woman with one lung and congenital cardiac condition unable to obtain termination

April 26, 2018
Kitty Holland

A Co Wexford woman who believed her pregnancy could kill her due to her existing health conditions was unable to have a termination after doctors judged her life was not at immediate risk.

Claire Malone (30), a widowed mother of two young children, became unexpectedly pregnant last summer.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/heart-failure-patient-unable-to-get-abortion-as-life-not-at-immediate-risk-1.3475728

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Ireland’s Abortion Fight Has A Ton Of Americans Getting Involved (On Both Sides)

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Ireland’s Abortion Fight Has A Ton Of Americans Getting Involved (On Both Sides)
ByMadhuri Sathish
March 28, 2018

In May, Ireland will vote on a referendum to determine whether or not to legalize abortion. The country currently has a near-total ban on abortion, with the only exception being when a pregnant person's life is at risk, but the referendum could repeal this ban if enough people vote in favor of it. But as the vote approaches, anti-abortion protesters have taken to the streets in Dublin — and not all of them are Irish. In fact, there are some Americans protesting abortion in Ireland, sparking concerns of foreign influence on the upcoming referendum.

Continued: https://www.bustle.com/p/irelands-abortion-fight-has-a-ton-of-americans-getting-involved-on-both-sides-8626052

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How 99 strangers in a Dublin hotel broke Ireland’s abortion deadlock

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How 99 strangers in a Dublin hotel broke Ireland's abortion deadlock
Ahead of a public vote in May, the work of a citizens’ assembly to debate the previously taboo subject is still being felt

Patrick Chalmers in Dublin
Thu 8 Mar 2018

Ninety-nine random strangers, a North Dublin hotel and a lot of cups of tea and coffee – not exactly the stuff of political revolution.

Yet little more than a year later, it appears that an unlikely assemblage of housewives, students, ex-teachers, truck drivers and others has brought Ireland to the brink of radical change to its abortion laws.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/08/how-99-strangers-in-a-dublin-hotel-broke-irelands-abortion-deadlock

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Ireland: Amnesty challenges Sipo order to return abortion campaign donation

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Amnesty challenges Sipo order to return abortion campaign donation
Group says €137,000 payment from Open Society Foundations not for political purposes

Feb 12, 2018
Aodhan O'Faolain

Amnesty International’s Irish section has challenged an order by the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) requiring it to return a €137,000 donation to its campaign to hold a referendum on the State’s abortion laws.

The donation was made in August 2015 by the Swiss-based Open Society Foundations (OSF), founded by billionaire George Soros, for the “My Body, My Rights” campaign, which involved organising events and seminars for politicians prior to the 2016 general election.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/amnesty-challenges-sipo-order-to-return-abortion-campaign-donation-1.3389577

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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: US group denies Sipo claims that funding for abortion campaign was political

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US group denies Sipo claims that funding for abortion campaign was political

Friday, December 22, 2017
By Joe Leogue

The US foundation which awarded funding to Amnesty Ireland for its campaign against Ireland’s abortion laws has taken issue with the State ethics watchdog’s claims that it had said the money was for “political purposes”.

Open Society Foundations (OSF) said it has written to the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) calling on it to correct the record on the matter.

Continued at source: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/us-group-denies-sipo-claims-that-funding-for-abortion-campaign-was-political-819944.html

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