Ireland – Long experience informs shifting views in abortion debate


Long experience informs shifting views in abortion debate
Members of older generation share thoughts on Eighth Amendment

Apr 4, 2018
Sorcha Pollak

Sheila and Paddy Donohoe, now in their 70s, voted in favour of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution in 1983. There was never any question in their minds regarding how they would vote. They were strict Catholics and active members of the Legion of Mary. They had grown up in a conservative country which taught them abortion was a sin in all circumstances.

“We were Catholics, we didn’t practise contraception, we did everything according to the book,” remembers Sheila. “At one stage I would have gone to Mass and Communion every day and we always brought the children to Mass. Whatever the church more or less said we believed. There was no reason for us to doubt or think otherwise. We weren’t encouraged to ask questions. Everything was totally hidden, everything was kept secret.”


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Brazil: Reject Abortion Ban


Brazil: Reject Abortion Ban
Constitutional Amendment Would Endanger Women, Girls; Violate Rights

December 12, 2017

(São Paulo) – Brazilian lawmakers should reject a dangerous constitutional amendment that would prohibit abortion in all circumstances, Human Rights Watch said today. The proposed amendment would ban abortion even for pregnancies resulting from rape, or when the life of the woman is in danger.

The proposed abortion ban is part of a constitutional amendment being considered on December 12, 2017, by a special congressional committee of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies. The committee approved the amendment in November, in a controversial vote, with 18 men voting yes and 1 woman voting no.

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India: No guidelines on abortion after 20 weeks disappointing: Mumbai doctors


No guidelines on abortion after 20 weeks disappointing: Mumbai doctors
Updated: Jan 17, 2017
Aayushi Pratap
Hindustan Times

Doctors said the present law does not have provision for cases in which unborn babies are diagnosed with cardiac problems as they can be picked up only after 20 weeks of pregnancy. (Pic for Representation)

Doctors in the city are disappointed that the Supreme Court’s judgment on abortion did not include a permanent mechanism for future cases in which women seek an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The Supreme Court on Monday allowed a 24-weeks pregnant Dombivli resident to abort her foetus that has a rare birth defect.

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India: KEM panel examines woman in late-stage abortion case


by Jyoti Shelar
January 13, 2017, The Hindu

Mumbai: A panel of seven doctors from the civic-run KEM Hospital on Thursday examined the 22-year-old woman who has approached the Supreme Court seeking permission to terminate her 23-week-old pregnancy on grounds of fetal anomaly. The apex court on Wednesday had ordered that a KEM panel should reconfirm the diagnosis and submit a report based on which a ruling can be made.

Dr. Avinash Supe, dean, KEM Hospital, said the panel carried out an ultrasound, a clinical examination and a review of all her previous reports. “The panel also spoke to the woman at length. Based on all of this, a report has been drafted and sent to the SC by email, fax and courier,” said Dr. Supe. With KEM’s report, the SC may give a verdict in the case on Friday.

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