NSW- Berejiklian defends ministers who voted against abortion ‘safe zones’

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Berejiklian defends ministers who voted against abortion 'safe zones'
The NSW premier is defending two of her ministers who voted against legislation that provides "safe zones" around the state's abortion clinics.

June 12, 2018

The NSW premier is resisting calls to sack two of her ministers - who are responsible for women and the prevention of domestic violence - after they voted against laws to protect women seeking abortions.

Tanya Davies and Pru Goward last week voted against a bill to provide 150 metre "safe zones" outside abortion clinics to prevent abuse and harassment after government MPs were allowed a conscience vote.

Continued: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/berejiklian-defends-ministers-who-voted-against-abortion-safe-zones

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South Africa – How the ACDP peddled unproven fact in its bid to tighten SA’s abortion laws

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How the ACDP peddled unproven fact in its bid to tighten SA's abortion laws

05 Jun 2018
Africa Check, Gopolang Makou

The party cannot substantiate claims it made before Parliament in March, finds Africa Check.

In 2017, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) proposed a Bill that proposed restricting access to safe abortions in the country by, for instance, outlawing abortions after 13 weeks based on socioeconomic grounds and procedures at 20 weeks in cases where, for instance, fetuses had severe deformities.

The legislation also would have added requirements, such as mandatory counselling and sonagram viewing, that ACDP MP Cheryllyn Dudley told Bhekisisa would promote informed consent. But some doctors alleged the new counselling criteria was nothing more than an attempt to manipulate women.

Continued: http://bhekisisa.org/article/2018-06-05-00-how-the-acdp-peddled-unproven-facts-in-its-bid-to-tighten-sas-abortion-laws

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Anti-abortion clinic in Northern Ireland claims terminations ‘fill breasts with cancer’ and make women infertile

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Anti-abortion clinic in Northern Ireland claims terminations ‘fill breasts with cancer’ and make women infertile
A senior gynaecologist has branded the false advice ‘despicable’ bullying of vulnerable women

By Hayley Richardson
2nd June 2018

AN anti-abortion clinic in Northern Ireland has been caught telling women that having a termination will “fill their breasts with cancer” and make them infertile.

An undercover investigation by The Times found a counsellor made the false claims at the Belfast clinic of Stanton Healthcare, which was set up by US anti-abortion activists.

Continued: https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/6435205/anti-abortion-clinic-northern-ireland-false-claims-cancer/

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Fact check: Would abortion law in Ireland be as liberal as Britain’s?

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Fact check: Would abortion law in Ireland be as liberal as Britain’s?
Britain has one of most unrestricted abortion regimes in EU. That’s not on the way here

May 22, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

Question: Will Ireland introduce an abortion law similar to Britain’s?

A claim is being made that Ireland will introduce abortion laws as liberal as are in place in Britain. Who is making this claim?

This has been made by several campaigners opposing the repeal of the Eighth Amendment, including members of the Catholic Church, politicians and the Love Both campaign.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/fact-check-would-abortion-law-in-ireland-be-as-liberal-as-britain-s-1.3504653

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Ireland – ‘Very different situation’ – Harris ‘frustrated’ that ‘No’ side compares proposed abortion law to that of UK

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'Very different situation' - Harris 'frustrated' that 'No' side compares proposed abortion law to that of UK

Shona Murray
May 14 2018

Minister for Health Simon Harris has hit out at ‘inaccurate’ claims by the ‘No’ side about the government's legislation should the eighth amendment be repealed in the referendum.

He said posters depicting people with down syndrome and other disabilities claiming these people were "only alive" because of Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws were “upsetting”.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/abortion-referendum/very-different-situation-harris-frustrated-that-no-side-compares-proposed-abortion-law-to-that-of-uk-36904203.html

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Ireland – Referendum advertising rules hit strategies for final fortnight

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Referendum advertising rules hit strategies for final fortnight
No side claim Facebook and Google announcements are the result of Yes lobbying

May 12, 2018
Peter Murtagh

“We are here in Dublin with ProtectThe8th this morning. Pray for us! #warroomsessions”, said the Facebook posting by Fuzati, conveying something of a mixture of giddy excitement and determination.

The photo below the message showed an unkempt room in a Georgian house, complete with Adams-style fireplace, a fine plaster ceiling and a pair of large, closed double doors leading into another room.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/referendum-advertising-rules-hit-strategies-for-final-fortnight-1.3492141

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Ireland – Una Mullally: What was No side up to online that was so crucial?

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Una Mullally: What was No side up to online that was so crucial?
Reaction to Facebook and Google referendum ad ban is tactic straight out of Trump playbook

May 11, 2018
Una Mullally

The issue of dubious online campaigning, which for so long was flagged by observers in the run up to the abortion referendum, snapped into focus this week.

While legislators had plenty of time since 2016 to tackle the potential impact of online campaigning or online interference in our democratic process, the digital space remained unregulated as the referendum campaign kicked off.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/una-mullally-what-was-no-side-up-to-online-that-was-so-crucial-1.3491739

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Fianna Fáil leader criticises ‘offensive’ anti-abortion claims

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Fianna Fáil leader criticises ‘offensive’ anti-abortion claims
Micheál Martin says Eighth Amendment ‘cruelly insensitive’ to women of Ireland

May 9, 2018
Sarah Bardon

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has criticised “dishonest and offensive” campaigning by some anti-abortion groups, claiming they are deliberately spreading inaccuracies about what a Yes vote in the May 25th referendum will mean.

Mr Martin rejected the suggestion that repealing the Eighth Amendment would lead to unlimited abortions or late-term terminations.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/fianna-f%C3%A1il-leader-criticises-offensive-anti-abortion-claims-1.3489596

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The Irish Times view on the abortion referendum: The shadow campaign

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The Irish Times view on the abortion referendum: The shadow campaign
It is incumbent on all of us to talk with friends and family about what we are seeing online and whether it should be trusted

May 7, 2018

With less than three weeks to go to the referendum on repeal of the Eighth Amendment, concern has been expressed across the political spectrum about the potential impact of unregulated online advertising and of misleading information being disseminated via social media platforms.

Experience elsewhere suggests these digital campaigns are likely to increase in intensity as voting day approaches. Also that it will be impossible to gain a full picture of what is actually happening online before the vote takes place. The nature of targeted digital advertising, particularly on platforms such as Facebook, means certain messages will be restricted to specific demographic groups while remaining invisible to the rest of us.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/editorial/the-irish-times-view-on-the-abortion-referendum-the-shadow-campaign-1.3486827

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Ireland – The poisonous online campaign to defeat the abortion referendum

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The poisonous online campaign to defeat the abortion referendum
Una Mullally: Protect the 8th and Undecided8 are ruthlessly targeting undecided voters

May 6, 2018
Una Mullally

An ad kept popping up as I watched YouTube clips the other day, the type of ad you’re forced to sit through before you can play the video you’ve selected. The ad was from Protect the 8th, one of the groups campaigning for a No vote in the abortion referendum, and its slickness was almost out of step with the more sensational messaging the No side has been using. “Don’t be tricked,” it declared.

I ignored it the first time. But then I watched a completely different YouTube video. There the ad was again. It was clear a big, and expensive, online advertising campaign was being rolled out. Around the same time people noticed adverts on Facebook linking to a website called Undecided8, which purported to be an unbiased website for “facts”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/the-poisonous-online-campaign-to-defeat-the-abortion-referendum-1.3486236

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