What’s been happening in Ireland & International Women’s Day in Norway

FEATURE: What's been happening in Ireland & International Women’s Day in Norway

International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
18 March 2019

Introduction
In the midst of the continuing shower of news from all over the world that I share with you, I’ve been collecting stories for a feature on Ireland. This is not a definitive piece, that will come from those who have been on the frontlines, but is based primarily on written information from a few key people and what has been in the media. This history describes an almost unique series of events, and one worth learning from. It’s a story of optimism winning over pessimism, of passionate positive action breaking down out-of-date barriers, and particularly of women’s personal stories, doorstep advocacy, highly visible supportive doctors and policymakers, all working with government to change the mindset of a nation and win a critical mass of support. They successfully created a sea-change in law, policy and service delivery in the blink of an eye. Edited by Marge Berer

The story in a nutshell
It took only seven months from the referendum that repealed the 8th Amendment to the Constitution in May 2018 for the law to be changed, providers trained, methods approved and ordered, and abortion services to become available officially in Ireland on 2 January 2019, free for everyone who is covered by existing schemes, such as the Maternity and Infant Care Scheme.

Continued: https://mailchi.mp/safeabortionwomensright/feature-whats-been-happening-in-ireland-international-womens-day-in-norway-18-march-2019?e=372dd34034

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Texas gave anti-abortion group millions for women’s health, despite warnings

Texas gave anti-abortion group millions for women's health, despite warnings

By Jeremy Blackman, Austin Bureau
Feb. 25, 2019

On a Monday evening in May 2016, Carol Everett sent an email to fellow anti-abortion activists detailing “an extraordinary pro-life opportunity.” Her nonprofit, the Heidi Group, she said, had spent the past year pushing for nearly $40 million in funding to help Christian pregnancy centers “bless many poor women” across Texas.

“It is no exaggeration to say this is the greatest possibility for expansion of pro-life care for the poor ever,” she wrote.

Continued: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Texas-gave-anti-abortion-group-millions-for-13638235.php

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Ireland – Anti-abortion activist vows to fight HSE over website

Anti-abortion activist vows to fight HSE over website

Saturday, February 23, 2019
By Caroline O'Doherty

The anti-abortion campaigner ordered by the High Court to stop using a website with a name similar to the HSE’s abortion advice service has said he will counter-sue the HSE for unlawful claim on the title.

Eamonn Murphy is temporarily injuncted from using the phrase “my options” — the name used by the HSE — but he has set up a new website, using the words ‘my abortion choices’.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/anti-abortion-activist-vows-to-fight-hse-over-website-906571.html

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Ireland – Anti-abortion activist launches new website following injunction

Anti-abortion activist launches new website following injunction
Campaigner’s previous site was alleged to be confusingly similar to HSE crisis pregnancy hub

Feb 19, 2019
Jack Horgan-Jones, Sarah Burns

An anti-abortion activist has insisted that a new website he has launched is not covered by a High Court injunction secured against him for a separate site which was alleged to be confusingly similar to the official HSE crisis pregnancy service offering.

The site, myabortionchoices.com, is similar in design and content to another site run by Eamonn Murphy, which was the subject of the injunction sought by the health service last week.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/anti-abortion-activist-launches-new-website-following-injunction-1.3798132

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Ireland – Anti-abortion activist told he risks prison if site is not taken down

Anti-abortion activist told he risks prison if site is not taken down

Shane Phelan
February 16 2019

An anti-abortion activist has been warned he could end up in jail if he does not comply with a court order to take down a website with a similar name to the HSE's 'My Options' unplanned pregnancy advice service.

The HSE secured the High Court order against Eamonn Murphy after alleging his website was misleading members of the public into thinking it provided objective counselling and information services.

continued: https://www.independent.ie/ca/irish-news/courts/antiabortion-activist-told-he-risks-prison-if-site-is-not-taken-down-37821933.html

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Ireland – Anti-abortion activist faces legal action over new website

Anti-abortion activist faces legal action over new website

Ellen Coyne
February 11 2019

An anti-abortion activist is facing a legal challenge from a British abortion provider after he set up a website using a similar name.

Eamonn Murphy, who runs an unregulated Dublin crisis pregnancy agency which has given out misleading advice, had already been sent a cease and desist letter by the HSE after setting up a website under the same name as the official My Options crisis pregnancy phone line.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/anti-abortion-activist-faces-legal-action-over-new-website-g8g7l0hjc

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Ireland – Fewer than half of GPs let their names be given to women using abortion helpline

Fewer than half of GPs let their names be given to women using abortion helpline

Eilish O'Regan
February 5 2019

Just 126 of the 253 GPs who have so far signed up to provide medical abortions are allowing their names to be released to women who ring up the 'My Options' freephone information line.

If a GP allows their name to be released as part of the information line directory it means that women inquiring about abortion may be able to choose who is the most convenient to attend.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/ca/irish-news/health/fewer-than-half-of-gps-let-their-names-be-given-to-women-using-abortion-helpline-37783158.html

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Ireland – Anti-abortion protesters say they received ‘reliable information’ on abortions taking place in Drogheda hospital

Anti-abortion protesters say they received 'reliable information' on abortions taking place in Drogheda hospital
This is at least the second time this year that people have protested outside the hospital.

Feb 1, 2019

FOR AT LEAST the second time this year, anti-abortion campaigners protested outside of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth.

One of the three people who took part this morning was Charles Byrne, who said he was there because the group had received information that a number of terminations were to take place in the hospital.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/abortion-protest-2-4472155-Feb2019/

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Ireland – Harris orders inquiry over claim woman had details leaked after abortion

Harris orders inquiry over claim woman had details leaked after abortion
Minister describes as ‘disturbing’ the thought that ‘patient details could be leaked’

Feb 1, 2019

Minister for Health Simon Harris has ordered the Health Service Executive to investigate an alleged breach of patient information in relation to a woman who had an abortion at a Dublin hospital.

On Friday he described as “extraordinarily concerning and disturbing” the thought that “anyone’s patient details could be leaked”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/harris-orders-inquiry-over-claim-woman-had-details-leaked-after-abortion-1.3778998

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Ireland – Anti-abortion activists ‘getting details’ of cases

Anti-abortion activists ‘getting details’ of cases

Ellen Coyne
February 1 2019

Anti-abortion activists who tried to coax a woman into a fake scan appointment also tried to report a separate termination to gardaí last week, The Times can reveal.

Activists working for the Good Counsel Network, which runs a rogue crisis pregnancy agency in Dublin, turned up at Drogheda garda station claiming to have knowledge about an abortion performed at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital. They called for the doctors involved to be investigated and possibly prosecuted.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/anti-abortion-activists-getting-details-of-cases-f0kvschk8

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