Ireland – Abortion and Love

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Abortion and Love
Ireland’s wildly successful movement to repeal the Eighth Amendment has given us a new way to frame reproductive rights.

By Katha Pollitt
June 7, 2018

“There must be a way to make abortion rights be about love,” the journalist Anthea McTeirnan said to me when we met in Dublin in 2015, just before Ireland’s referendum on marriage equality. Same-sex marriage was going to win big, she believed, because the campaign was all about love and compassion and inclusion, not just abstract legal rights. People could see that their friends and neighbors and relatives simply wanted to express their commitment to their partners the way straight people do. The campaign reflected that spirit, full of joy and humor; its guiding spirit was the sweet and popular drag queen and bar owner Panti Bliss. And, as it turned out, McTeirnan was right: That May, the referendum won by 62 to 38 percent, making Ireland the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote.

Continued: https://www.thenation.com/article/abortion-and-love/

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Irish women open up about abortion ahead of referendum

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Irish women open up about abortion ahead of referendum

May 8, 2018
Emily G Roe

DUBLIN (Reuters) - When posters with the words ‘License To Kill’ were put up in her neighborhood in advance of Ireland’s referendum on abortion, Amy Callahan decided to share the story of traveling to Britain to terminate her pregnancy.

Callahan, 35, and her partner Connor Upton were told 12 weeks into her pregnancy that the fetus had anencephaly, a rare condition that prevents the normal development of the brain. It meant the baby, who would have been their second child, would most likely die in utero or live for a matter of minutes.

Continued: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ireland-abortion/irish-women-open-up-about-abortion-ahead-of-referendum-idUSKBN1IA0G3

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Ireland – Women ‘abandoned’ if choosing to abort, Mahony says

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Women ‘abandoned’ if choosing to abort, Mahony says
Couple who had to go to UK for termination say No campaign posters cause anguish

April 29, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Women who choose to have an abortion when they are informed their baby will not survive outside the womb are abandoned by the State, the master of the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, has said.

Speaking at the launch of Labour’s campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment, Dr Rhona O’Mahony said the State’s current abortion regime was hypocritical towards women who travelled abroad for a termination when they learned of a fatal foetal abnormality.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/women-abandoned-if-choosing-to-abort-mahony-says-1.3478208

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