Northern Ireland abortion laws must not be changed in Westminster, says Karen Bradley

Northern Ireland abortion laws must not be changed in Westminster, says Karen Bradley
Karen Bradley insisted that people in the north do not want MPs making decisions on abortion laws

12 June, 2018

WESTMINSTER politicians are not qualified to change abortion laws for Northern Ireland, the secretary of state has said.

Karen Bradley insisted that people in the north do not want MPs making decisions on whether to overhaul the existing regime, as she explained the UK government's reluctance to intervene.

She said it was another example of why the Stormont executive needed to be reformed.

Continued: https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2018/06/12/news/northern-ireland-abortion-laws-must-not-be-changed-in-westminster-says-karen-bradley-1353442/

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Australia – Barnaby Joyce says he is ‘entitled’ to lobby against safe zones for abortion clinics

Barnaby Joyce says he is 'entitled' to lobby against safe zones for abortion clinics
The Nationals MP, who told a TV interviewer he couldn’t enforce his pro-life views on others, says he is ‘obligated’ to lobby against the bill

Amy Remeikis
Thu 7 Jun 2018

Barnaby Joyce says he is “allowed, entitled and obligated” to lobby his state party counterparts to oppose a New South Wales parliament bill allowing safe zones for women attempting to access abortion clinics.

Joyce, who took medical leave in the last sitting of parliament, in the lead up to the controversial $150,000 tell-all interview he and his new partner, Vikki Campion, agreed to, has been contacting NSW Nationals MPs asking them to oppose the legislation.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jun/07/barnaby-joyce-i-am-entitled-to-lobby-against-safe-zones-for-abortion-clinics

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Ireland – Emotional abortion debate draws gasps in House of Commons

Emotional abortion debate draws gasps in House of Commons
DUP hardline reinforced with claim abortion sometimes used as form of contraception

June 6, 2018
Denis Staunton

Sammy Wilson could not have known that he would be called to speak immediately after Conservative MP Heidi Allen had brought a hush to the House of Commons when she spoke of her own experience of abortion.

“Because I have been there, I am making it my business,” she said about the call to extend abortion rights to Northern Ireland.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/emotional-abortion-debate-draws-gasps-in-house-of-commons-1.3520499

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Ireland – ‘Rally for Life’ told 10 weeks left to save Eighth Amendment

‘Rally for Life’ told 10 weeks left to save Eighth Amendment
Tens of thousands take part in anti-abortion march and demonstration in Dublin city centre

March 10, 2018
Louise Roseingrave

The people of Ireland have been asked to “stand in the gap” for mothers and babies by preventing the liberalisation of the State’s abortion laws.

The call was heard as tens of thousands attended an anti-abortion demonstration entitled the “Rally for Life” in Dublin city centre on Saturday. Participants marched from Parnell Square to Merrion Square, where a rally calling for the preservation of the Eighth Amendment took place.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/rally-for-life-told-10-weeks-left-to-save-eighth-amendment-1.3422543

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‘Work actively’ to oppose abortion reform, Irish Catholics urged

'Work actively' to oppose abortion reform, Irish Catholics urged
Bishops make forceful intervention as Irish parliament begins to debate referendum bill

Henry McDonald
Fri 9 Mar 2018

The Catholic church in Ireland has called on its followers to vote against liberalising the country’s strict anti-abortion laws in a referendum in May, in its most forceful intervention yet in the debate.

As the Irish parliament began to debate a referendum bill, the bishops called on Catholics to “work actively” to resist change.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/09/church-urges-irish-catholics-to-oppose-abortion-law-reform

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Pro Life is a Lie – dismantling the anti-choice spin

Pro Life is a Lie - dismantling the anti-choice spin
By Nic S, Emmanuel
Date Wed, 4 Oct 2017

When pro-choice militants argue that their struggle is the continuation of a historical fight against the oppression of women, they are met with a pro-life movement which attempts to symmetrically paint itself as fighting for the rights of ‘‘the unborn child'', a category which would otherwise remain defenseless and be sentenced to life or death by their bearers. ---- But both sides are far from holding symmetrical views. For one thing, while people who can get pregnant initiated the pro-choice movement, there is no doubt embryos didn't start the pro-life movement. No pro-life advocate would deny this trivial statement, if anything they would use the voicelessness of "the unborn" as an argument to emphasise the unfair nature of abortion rights.

While it is easy to understand why one group would be motivated to fight for their own interests, explaining why a group would me motivated to fight on behalf of another group is not as straightforward. Pro-life advocates would have us believe that they are fighting for the "unborn child" first and foremost out of a strong sense of empathy and out of an unremitting commitment to defend the human right to life. The problem is that this is demonstrably untrue. Far from being satisfying explanations, empathy and adhesion to moral principles don't even qualify as partial explanations for the commitment of pro-life advocates.

Continued at source: Anarchist Info: http://www.ainfos.ca/en/ainfos35763.html

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USA: Just After Las Vegas, Republicans Are Voting to Restrict … Abortion

Just After Las Vegas, Republicans Are Voting to Restrict ... Abortion

By Emily Crockett
Oct 3, 2017

On Tuesday, just after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, House Republicans aren't spending the day debating gun legislation to try to save American lives. They aren't scrambling for better solutions to Puerto Rico's ongoing humanitarian crisis, either.

Instead, these "pro-life" lawmakers are voting to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy nationwide. The vote on the so-called Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act of 2017 was scheduled by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy early last week, but the attack in Las Vegas that killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 did nothing to change his plan. (The House is expected to delay a vote on a gun silencer bill that had been slated for this week.) The Trump White House even made a point of endorsing the abortion ban on Monday.

Continued at source: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/day-after-las-vegas-gop-is-voting-to-restrict-abortion-w506879

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UK: Anti-abortion MP Jacob Rees-Mogg admits he profits from sales of abortion pills

Anti-abortion MP Jacob Rees-Mogg admits he profits from sales of abortion pills

His company has over £5m worth of shares in an Indonesian company producing the drug

by Claire Herbaux
2 OCT 2017

While he says he is against abortion under all circumstances and "follows the teachings of the Catholic church", multi-millionaire Jacob Rees-Mogg admitted his company profits of the sale of abortion pills.

According to the Mirror, his company has nearly £5million-worth of shares in the Indonesian firm Kalbe Farma, which produces the pills to prevent ulcers.

http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/anti-abortion-mp-jacob-rees-561807

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Malta: The time has come to legalise abortion

The time has come to legalise abortion
Alice Taylor Sunday, 17 September 2017

It has been several months now since the morning-after pill was finally licensed for sale in Malta. I use the word licensed because it was always legal in other forms and dosages, it just wasn't licensed in that specific dose and for that specific purpose. After this milestone, all of us knew that it would only be a matter of time before the highly controversial issue of abortion reared its head.

This week, members of the National Youth Parliament called for an opened dialogue and consultation on the topic of abortion - and about time too.

Continued at source: The Independent: http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2017-09-17/blogs-opinions/The-time-has-come-to-legalise-abortion-6736179095

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