Amendment to bill on grounds sought for abortion defeated in Dáil

Amendment to bill on grounds sought for abortion defeated in Dáil

Thursday, 29 Nov 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

An amendment proposing that abortions are not sought on grounds of race, sex or disability under the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill has been defeated in the Dáil.

Following a lengthy and often tense Report Stage debate which began last night, TDs voted against the amendment by 71 votes to 21.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1129/1014230-abortion-amendment-dail/

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Ireland – Harris seeks availability of second doctor in abortion cases

Harris seeks availability of second doctor in abortion cases

Thursday, 29 Nov 2018
By Ailbhe Conneely, RTÉ News Political reporter

The Minister for Health has put forward an amendment to the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill allowing a second practitioner to carry out an abortion procedure if the first practitioner is unavailable.

The amendment relates to the three day wait period, which allows for 72 hours between a woman's first visit and the second visit.

Continued: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2018/1128/1013989-abortion-dail/

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Ireland – Dáil votes down proposal to fully decriminalise abortion

Dáil votes down proposal to fully decriminalise abortion
Criminalisation is necessary to protect women from forced abortions, says Minister

Nov 28, 2018
Jennifer Bray

Attempts to fully decriminalise abortion as part of new legislation have failed following a debate in the Dáil.

A number of TDs called on Minister for Health Simon Harris to support amendments to the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill which would see doctors protected from criminalisation where they act in good faith, and which would drop the current 14 year jail term.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/brexit/d%C3%A1il-votes-down-proposal-to-fully-decriminalise-abortion-1.3713813

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Ireland – Simon Harris clashes with anti-abortion TD during Dáil debate

Simon Harris clashes with anti-abortion TD during Dáil debate
‘Why do women in crisis have to come last? They have come last in this country for far too long’

Nov 27, 2018
Jennifer Bray

Minister for Health Simon Harris has criticised attempts to change the proposed abortion law so that taxpayers’ money would not be used to enable a woman to have access to abortion services.

Independent TD Carol Nolan, formerly of Sinn Féin, sought to introduce the new provision to the proposed abortion legislation saying that “free abortions will mean more abortions”.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/simon-harris-clashes-with-anti-abortion-td-during-d%C3%A1il-debate-1.3712674

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Ireland – TDs reject ‘means-test’ for access to abortion

TDs reject ‘means-test’ for access to abortion

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
By Juno McEnroe

Attempts to ban public funding for abortions could lead to means testing for those seeking terminations and discrimination against impoverished women, TDs have warned.

The comments came as the Dáil continued to debate the passage of legislation to enact the Yes vote to grant women access to abortions.

Continued: https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/tds-reject-means-test-for-access-to-abortion-888370.html

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Ireland – Why I was persuaded abortion up to 12 weeks should be allowed

Why I was persuaded abortion up to 12 weeks should be allowed
Billy Kelleher: Evidence to Oireachtas committee highlighted difficulty of legislating for abortion in rape or incest cases

March 21, 2018
Billy Kelleher

Abortion is a very uncomfortable subject for anyone to discuss in great detail and there is no unanimous position on it.

Some say abortion is a human right; others believe it is an abomination and should never be allowed in any circumstances, even when the health of the mother is in danger, or when a fatal foetal abnormality is diagnosed or after a woman is raped or a victim of incest.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/why-i-was-persuaded-abortion-up-to-12-weeks-should-be-allowed-1.3433974

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Striking the right tone is crucial in Eighth debate

Striking the right tone is crucial in Eighth debate
Now the Irish people know what they're being asked, campaigners should ease up on the melodrama, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Eilis O'Hanlon
March 11 2018

Last week, the Taoiseach ticked a few more items off his To Do list. Thursday's special Cabinet meeting was finally able to rubber-stamp the wording for the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment, following the Supreme Court's ruling in a separate case that unborn children do not have rights in the Constitution beyond the right to life.

The main policy paper, outlining the key points that will be included in subsequent legislation, was also approved. As a result, Minister for Health Simon Harris was free to bring the 36th Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018 to the Dail on Friday for a Second Stage reading and debate.

Continued: https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/striking-the-right-tone-is-crucial-in-eighth-debate-36691949.html

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Ireland: Harris raises Kerry babies and Lovett cases in abortion debate

Harris raises Kerry babies and Lovett cases in abortion debate
Minister for Health: 3,265 women from every county had travelled abroad for abortions last year

Wed, Jan 17, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Abortion is a reality for women living in Ireland and is an issue that is not going to go away, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

“Ultimately, there is always a deeply personal, private story behind each individual case which I believe is a matter for a woman and her doctor. I believe the Irish people trust women and they trust doctors to make these difficult decisions.”

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas/harris-raises-kerry-babies-and-lovett-cases-in-abortion-debate-1.3358750

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Ireland: TDs line up support for abortion reform

TDs line up support for abortion reform

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
December 21 2017

Pro-choice politicians are starting a campaign to convince Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Sinn Féin to back a law legalising abortion in Ireland.

Repealing the Eighth Amendment, to allow abortion up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy and lifting sanctions from doctors and women was formally recommended to the government in a report published by an Oireachtas committee yesterday.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/tds-line-up-support-for-abortion-reform-rd6sfsnvx

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Ireland: State has a ‘once-in-a-generation chance to address abortion’ – FF TD

State has a ‘once-in-a-generation chance to address abortion’ – FF TD
Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher says Ireland must stop ‘taking our shame, our tragedy, abroad’

Dec 18, 2017
Vivienne Clarke

Ireland has a once-in-a-generation chance to deal with the issue of abortion, Fianna Fáil spokesman on health Billy Kelleher has said.

Mr Kelleher said Irish society needed to be mature and address the issue of the 3,500 women who go abroad for abortions and the 1,500 who take abortion pills every year.

“It’s time to stop taking our mistakes, our shame, our tragedy, abroad,” he told RTÉ’s News at One on Monday.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/state-has-a-once-in-a-generation-chance-to-address-abortion-ff-td-1.3331405

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