It’s been a long road to Ireland’s abortion referendum – so what will happen now?

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It's been a long road to Ireland's abortion referendum - so what will happen now?

Ann Furedi, Chief Executive of Bpas
30 January 2018

I became a pro-choice advocate 30 years ago, when I met a girl of my age who had been sent to a young mothers’ home in England before her pregnancy was visible. She had been told to stay there until she ‘looked normal again’ so no one would know her family’s shame.

So, when I heard that the Irish Prime Minister has confirmed a referendum that could change the country's laws that all but ban abortion and enable women's access to terminations, I thought - at last.

Continued: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/long-road-irelands-abortion-referendum-will-happen-now/

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Why You Need To Watch BBC Two’s New Programme On Abortion This Weekend

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Why You Need To Watch BBC Two's New Programme On Abortion This Weekend
This weekend, the BBC welcomes a live performance using real-life testimonies from 50 women around the world on the subject of abortion. Here's why it's a must-see.

By Katie O'Malley
Jan 19, 2018

If it's not you it was your mum, sister, best friend or colleague.

According to the UK's leading abortion care service BPAS, one in three women will have an abortion by the time they are 45-years-old.

However, for a procedure that's statistically provided to more women than caesarean sections, abortion remains a taboo subject in society, with some women choosing to keep their terminations a secret for fear of vilification and deep-rooted shame.

Continued: http://www.elleuk.com/life-and-culture/culture/news/a41037/why-you-need-to-watch-bbc-twos-new-programme-on-abortion-this-weekend/

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UK: Interested parties invited to provide information on protests outside abortion clinics

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Interested parties invited to provide information on protests outside abortion clinics

Latest step in a review announced by Home Secretary Amber Rudd in November
Published 17 January 2018
From: Home Office

The Home Office is seeking views from interested parties about alleged harassment and intimidating behaviour near abortion clinics in England and Wales.

It is the latest step in the review, announced by Home Secretary Amber Rudd in November, following reports that women have experienced intimidation from protesters when visiting family planning clinics to seek information, advice and services from medical professionals.

Continued: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/interested-parties-invited-to-provide-information-on-protests-outside-abortion-clinics?mc_cid=a82b37b8ad&mc_eid=daef22644f

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UK: The Conservatives’ New Vice Chair For Women Wants Abortion To Remain A Criminal Act

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The Conservatives' New Vice Chair For Women Wants Abortion To Remain A Criminal Act
Tory MP Maria Caulfield last year argued that decriminalising abortion could threaten the "dignity and rights of the unborn child".

Posted on January 8, 2018
Laura Silver, BuzzFeed News Reporter

The Conservatives' new vice chair for women has vehemently opposed a reform that would see abortion taken out of criminal law.

In a debate about the issue last year, Maria Caulfield, Conservative MP for Lewes, who was appointed to the position during Monday's cabinet reshuffle, told the Commons: "I, and many colleagues who share my views, will not be silenced as we seek to be a voice for the voiceless, and as we argue for more modern and humane abortion law that upholds not only the dignity and rights of women but the dignity and rights of the unborn child."

Continued at source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/the-conservatives-new-vice-chair-for-women-wants-abortion?utm_term=.huYWdj7w1#.ihpbk0QwY

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UK: MP Maria Caulfield, Who Opposed Decriminalising Abortion, Appointed Tory Vice Chair For Women

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MP Maria Caulfield, Who Opposed Decriminalising Abortion, Appointed Tory Vice Chair For Women
'It is an appalling decision.'

Jan 08, 2018
Kate Forrester, Political reporter, HuffPost UK

Abortion rights campaigners say they are “incredibly disappointed” Maria Caulfield has been made Conservative vice chair for women in Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle.

The Lewes MP said she was “delighted” with the job, which will see her serve alongside newly-installed party chair Brandon Lewis and vice chair James Cleverly.

Continued at source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/abortion-rights-campaigners-incredibly-disappointed-maria-caulfield-is-new-tory-chair-for-women_uk_5a537acee4b01e1a4b17a2ef

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UK: A “controversial” Northern Irish anti-abortion campaign doesn’t deserve a PR award

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A “controversial” Northern Irish anti-abortion campaign doesn’t deserve a PR award
When women’s lives and freedoms are imperilled, the publicity should always be bad, says Rebecca Schiller

By Rebecca Schiller
Dec 13, 2017

“Controversial” is a word too often used to hide the leer of evil things or bad people attempting to pass themselves off as one side of a reasonable debate. Milo Yiannopoulos was “controversial” until he gave the thumbs-up to paedophiles. It is the epithet chosen to introduce Breitbart into polite society and let’s not forget the ever so “controversial” child tax credit “rape clause”.

Real controversy is important and can spark the kind of debate that makes positive change and progress happen. But these people, ideas and statements are not important facets of a three-dimensional debate. They are not controversial – they are malignant and dangerous.

Continued at source: https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/politics/2017/50/Rebecca-Schiller-on-Both-Lives-Matter-controversial-win?mc_cid=402a629e5a&mc_eid=daef22644f

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UK: Pregnant women ‘so distressed by anti-abortion protesters they refused to leave clinic in fire alarm’, MPs told as Government considers buffer zones

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Pregnant women 'so distressed by anti-abortion protesters they refused to leave clinic in fire alarm', MPs told as Government considers buffer zones

MPs met today to consider how to protect women from harassment at abortion clinics

Francesca Gillett
Dec 13, 2017

Pregnant women have been left so distressed by pro-life protesters that they have refused to leave abortion clinics even during a fire alarm, MPs were told.

Women who attend clinics have been filmed or photographed, called “mum” and physically blocked by vocal anti-abortion campaigners in a bid to stop them from terminating a pregnancy.

Continued at source: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/pregnant-women-so-distressed-by-antiabortion-protesters-they-refused-to-leave-clinic-in-fire-alarm-a3717811.html

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UK: Women should be allowed to take abortion pills at home, says leading maternity doctor

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Women should be allowed to take abortion pills at home, says leading maternity doctor

Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
10 December 2017

Women should be allowed to take abortion pills at home to avoid them miscarrying on the way home from the clinic, Britain’s leading maternity doctor has said.

Currently, women who ask for an early medical abortion (EMA) in the first nine weeks of pregnancy must take two drugs, one or two days apart. And, by law, both sets must be taken in front of a doctor or nurse.

But Professor Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said that allowing women to take abortion pills and then leave puts them at risk of suffering bleeding or complications on the way home.

Continued at source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/12/10/women-should-allowed-take-abortion-pills-home-says-leading-maternity/

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UK: New powers to stop campaigners intimidating abortion-clinic patients considered by Government

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New powers to stop campaigners intimidating abortion-clinic patients considered by Government

More than 110 MPs wrote to the Home Secretary urging her to consider ‘buffer zones’ around clinics, banning praying, silent vigils and brandishing of pictures of foetuses

Lizzy Buchan Political Correspondent
Nov 26, 2017

New powers are being considered to protect women seeking abortions from intimidation and harassment by demonstrators outside clinics, Amber Rudd has announced.

Anti-abortion campaigners have been known to confront women outside family planning facilities with pictures of foetuses and to host “abortion vigils” where they pray for people to change their minds on seeking a termination.

Continued at source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/amber-rudd-abortion-clinics-ealing-marie-stopes-bpas-labour-rupa-huq-pro-life-a8076431.html

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Ireland: Claims of bias at abortion committee ‘utter nonsense’

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Claims of bias at abortion committee ‘utter nonsense’
Senator Rónán Mullan says chair Catherine Noone had ‘failed to procure objectivity’

Nov 22, 2017
Colm Keena

Members of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment have criticised colleagues who alleged its work displays bias or who have attacked the committee chair.

Earlier, Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy said a lot of the contributions to the committee had been factual rather than biased, and the claim that the committee was operating in a biased manner was “utter nonsense”.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/claims-of-bias-at-abortion-committee-utter-nonsense-1.3301054

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