Not only in Ireland is there a fight to be won on abortion
Dublin might be preparing for change, but in Poland and elsewhere women’s rights are under threat
Sun 4 Feb 2018
Before the end of May, Ireland will hold a referendum that could finally give Irish women legal access to abortion in their own country. It feels like the time is right for change. The taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, who made the announcement last week, called himself “pro-life” as recently as 2015; now he says he’ll be campaigning against the repressive eighth amendment that values a foetus’s right to life equally with a pregnant woman’s (or, in the language of the constitution, the “unborn” and the “mother”). It’s a stunning and very welcome reversal.
Abortion on Trial review – Anne Robinson succeeds in getting viewers to consider the wider issues
16 October 2017
Anne Robinson’s country pile was the unlikely venue for a weekend of heated debates on pregnancy termination in Abortion on Trial (BBC Two). Robinson, who it transpired had an abortion in 1968, just a few months after they were partially legalised, invited eight women and one man to lounge around in her lovely Gloucestershire home while discussing their strong views on the subject.
At the more extreme end of the scale was Rachel, a vehemently pro-life 47 year old teacher – vehemently pro-life, it turned out, as a result of her regrets over her own two terminations. “I murdered my children” she said, although later backtracked on her use of the word “murder”.
Continued at source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2017/10/16/abortion-trial-review-anne-robinson-succeeds-getting-viewers/
Anne Robinson discusses having an abortion as 'very unhappy' newlywed
11 October 2017
Anne Robinson will talk about having an abortion as part of a new BBC documentary marking 50 years since the practice was partially decriminalised.
The 73-year-old Weakest Link presenter said it was “out of the question” not to discuss her own experience and that doing so was a vital part of the filmmaking process.
Titled Abortion On Trial, the programme sees Ms Robinson invite nine people with conflicting views on the topic to her Gloucestershire home to share their personal stories.
Continued at source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/11/anne-robinson-discusses-having-abortion-unhappy-newlywed/