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

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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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Fintan O’Toole: Ireland’s abortion regime is too cruel even for Trump

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Fintan O'Toole: Ireland's abortion regime is too cruel even for Trump
Eighth Amendment law about locking up women and doctors really is step too far

Dec 19, 2017
Fintan O'Toole

Is there no line Donald Trump would not cross? Actually, there is one. It’s not incinerating an entire country, as he threatened to do to North Korea, or incinerating the entire planet by undermining the Paris accord on climate change. It’s not smearing an entire nation, as he did by calling Mexicans rapists. It’s not cosying up to neo-Nazis by claiming that there are some “very fine people” among them. It’s not even republishing to his 40 million Twitter followers anti-Islamic propaganda videos from a British neo-Nazi group. Trump has crossed all of these lines and so many more and never felt that he had gone too far and ought to retreat.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/fintan-o-toole-ireland-s-abortion-regime-is-too-cruel-even-for-trump-1.3331398

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Ireland: Abortion and the eighth amendment: putting it up to the politicians

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Abortion and the eighth amendment: putting it up to the politicians
The abortion committee has voted in favour of repealing the eighth amendment — now it’s up to the Dail

Justine McCarthy
December 17 2017

After 13 weeks, 16 meetings, 47 witnesses and sporadic outbreaks of umbrage, a stunned silence suddenly descended on committee room three in the basement of Leinster House on Wednesday evening. The Oireachtas committee on the eighth amendment had just voted to recommend the repeal of the constitution's most divisive clause, the 34-year ban on abortion.

“Should we clap or what?” asked Brid Smith, a Solidarity-People Before Profit TD who has told how she took a boat to England in 1985 to have a pregnancy terminated. Laughter rippled through the public gallery and around the horseshoe-shaped committee desk. It stopped where Rónán Mullen, an independent senator, and the TDs Mattie McGrath, an independent, and Peter Fitzpatrick of Fine Gael sat together, stony-faced.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/abortion-and-the-eighth-amendment-putting-it-up-to-the-politicians-fjz8f0pzm

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Ireland: No restriction on abortion in first 12 weeks, say TDs

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No restriction on abortion in first 12 weeks, say TDs

Stephen O’Brien, Political Editor
December 10 2017

The Oireachtas committee on the eighth amendment is likely to vote in favour of abortion without restriction in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy when it agrees its final report on Wednesday.

Committee sources say there appears to be a majority in favour of accepting the recommendation of the citizens’ assembly that termination of pregnancy, without restriction, should be lawful up to 12 weeks’ gestation.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/no-restriction-on-abortion-in-first-12-weeks-say-tds-vkdrmtlf9

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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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Ireland: Fine Gael TDs complete 21-person abortion committee

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Fine Gael TDs complete 21-person abortion committee
Naughton and Fitzpatrick take final slots on body dominated by two biggest parties

Thu, May 25, 2017
Mary Minihan

Fine Gael TDs Hildegarde Naughton and Peter Fitzpatrick will take the final two slots on the 21-person Oireachtas abortion committee.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil combined will continue to command a majority on the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, which will consider the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly.

Continued at source: Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/fine-gael-tds-complete-21-person-abortion-committee-1.3096462

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Ireland: Katherine Zappone seeks AG advice on abortion Bill

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Katherine Zappone seeks AG advice on abortion Bill
Minister told legislation could assist abusive partners more than pregnant women
Wed, Mar 8, 2017
Fiach Kelly

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone was told by four of her women Cabinet colleagues that an abortion Bill she sought more time to examine would help abusive partners rather than pregnant women.

The Cabinet has once again disagreed on an Opposition abortion Bill with Ms Zappone seeking further advice from the Attorney General on the proposal from the Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit and Green Party.

Continued at source: Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/katherine-zappone-seeks-ag-advice-on-abortion-bill-1.3001814

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Ireland: Bill to reduce abortion prison sentence to €1 fine to be brought before Dáil

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Bill to reduce abortion prison sentence to €1 fine to be brought before Dáil

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Bill to reduce the 14 year prison sentence for women who have abortions down to a €1 fine is to be brought before the Dáil, writes Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner Political Reporter.

People Before Profit have launched the bill in a bid to address a law which they claim is "utterly draconian and barbaric".

The group had tried to introduce a Bill which would have totally decriminalised abortions in Ireland, but were prevented from doing so as it was deemed unconstitutional.

Continued at source: Irish Examiner: http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/bill-to-reduce-abortion-prison-sentence-to-1-fine-to-be-brought-before-dail-778168.html

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Video: Irish TD Bríd Smith produces packet of abortion pills in Dáil

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25 October 2016

A TD has challenged the government to prosecute her for possessing tablets which can be used to cause an abortion.

People Before Profit TD Brid Smith held up the tablets during tonight’s debate on a bill calling for a referendum on the 8th Amendment.

Holding up a packet of the tablets bought online, Deputy Smith said the Government knew it could not stand over its own laws.

She said the tablets were proof that abortion was reality in Ireland, and that the law should reflect it: “You can get it here in the State, you can also get 14 years for procuring it, for taking it and for helping yourself to have an abortion at home.

“You could arrest me for having it and give me 14 years, but you aint going to do it because what’s on your books and what’s in your laws you know that if you dare to implement it you would bring hell-fire and brimstone down on top of this house and in wider society because we have moved on,” she said.

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Source: Beat

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Ireland, Bríd Smith: Citizens assembly is ‘kicking to touch’ the abortion issue

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12/09/2016, BreakingNews.ie

The Government is being urged to pass a Bill calling for a referendum on appealing the 8th amendment, rather than holding a citizens assembly.

People Before Profit is launching its pro-choice campaign today to garner support for the Bill put forward by TD Ruth Coppinger.

Public forums and a series of discussions and debates will take place over the next few weeks before the Bill comes before the Dáil in mid-October.

The group will also be involved in the March For Choice on Saturday, September 24.

TD Bríd Smith, says a referendum is badly needed, and there is no guarantee that the citizens assembly will recommend one.

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Source: BreakingNews.ie

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