Irish Government Investigating Alleged Leak of Abortion Patient’s Information: Report

Irish Government Investigating Alleged Leak of Abortion Patient’s Information: Report

Melanie Ehrenkranz
Feb 4, 2019

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner and public health services agency are reportedly investigating how the private data of a patient who had an abortion may have landed in the hands of a harasser.

In an anonymous Facebook post, a woman from Ireland said that after she had a medical abortion and an internal scan at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin, someone left her a suspicious voicemail telling her to schedule another scan. The individual who left the message knew both her name and her address, and later sent a text message with directions to their office, according to the woman’s posts. But Irish news site the Journal reports that the caller did not actually work for the hospital, and it is not known how they allegedly obtained her private information.

Continued: https://gizmodo.com/irish-government-investigating-alleged-leak-of-abortion-1832334253

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Ireland – ‘Rats out of the HSE’: Protesters want external probe into claims abortion details were leaked

'Rats out of the HSE': Protesters want external probe into claims abortion details were leaked
The HSE is probing claims that a woman was phoned and harassed by a man who had obtained her personal information.

Feb 4, 2019

A ‘RATS OUT of the HSE’ protest was staged at the Department of Health’s Baggot Street office in Dublin today, calling for better protection of patient information and for an external investigation to be launched into last week’s revelations of apparent data breaches.

A number of investigations were launched last week into claims that a woman who had an abortion at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin was phoned and harassed by a man who had obtained her personal information.

Continued: https://www.thejournal.ie/protest-hse-rats-out-abortion-4476009-Feb2019/

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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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Anti-abortion activists ‘obtain patient details’ and invite woman to fake scan

Anti-abortion activists 'obtain patient details' and invite woman to fake scan
'It's grotesque, it's disgusting,' minister says, as investigation launched

Zamira Rahim
Feb 1, 2019

Ireland's health minister has ordered an investigation after a woman's personal details were reportedly obtained by anti-abortion activists, before the information was used in a deceitful attempt to lure her to a location in north Dublin.

Simon Harris, who requested the inquiry, described the allegations as "extraordinarily concerning".

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/abortion-ireland-dublin-activism-patient-details-leak-simon-harris-hse-a8758871.html

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Ireland – Inquiry into claims woman was contacted by anti-abortion activists

Inquiry into claims woman was contacted by anti-abortion activists

Friday, 1 Feb 2019
By Mary Regan,
Political Reporter

The Health Service Executive is investigating an alleged breach of patient confidentiality after a woman who had a termination at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street in Dublin claimed she was subsequently contacted by anti-abortion activists.

The HSE and Minister for Health Simon Harris have both said they are very concerned about the allegations that a woman received a phone call last Wednesday from a man who knew her name and was aware that she had accessed a legal abortion two days earlier.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/health/2019/0201/1026924-hse-investiagtion/

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Ireland – ‘Pro-life’ activists naming abortion doctors online

‘Pro-life’ activists naming abortion doctors online

Ellen Coyne
January 11 2019

Dozens of doctors who have agreed to provide legal abortion services have had their names and addresses published online by anti-abortion activists.

The Times understands that people pretending to need “crisis pregnancy” advice have been using an HSE helpline to collect the names of GPs who will provide termination services. More than 40 doctors in 19 counties have had their names and addresses shared on social media.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/pro-life-activists-naming-abortion-doctors-online-rn5nrr67h

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Ireland – Harris brands online posts over abortion location ‘despicable’

Harris brands online posts over abortion location 'despicable'

Cormac McQuinn and Elaine Keogh
January 8 2019

Health Minister Simon Harris has branded social media posts claiming to identify the location where the first abortion is taking place under new laws as "despicable".

Mr Harris argued that, in his view, the posts were effectively an attempt to "incite harassment of women". He said he is still committed to bring in legislation for safe access zones that would ban protests in the vicinity of medical facilities offering abortion services.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/harris-brands-online-posts-over-abortion-location-despicable-37689724.html

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This Is What Women Have to Go Through to Get an Abortion in North Carolina

This Is What Women Have to Go Through to Get an Abortion in North Carolina
As Told To Macaela Mackenzie

November 21, 2018

Calla Hales oversees four abortion clinics in North Carolina and Georgia. For the past 40 Saturdays, she's been facing the front lines of an anti-abortion protest that drew thousands of pro-life activists. This is her story as told to Glamour's Macaela MacKenzie.

My typical Saturday commute to work feels a little like driving straight into a festival. There are tour buses, music blasting over loudspeakers, hundreds of people congregated in brightly colored shirts. Except this isn’t a festival or a fun town parade—I run four abortion clinics in North Carolina and Georgia, and this is the anti-abortion protest we face every week.

Continued: https://www.glamour.com/story/this-is-what-women-have-to-go-through-to-get-an-abortion-in-north-carolina

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