Ireland: TDs line up support for abortion reform

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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: Committee wants legislation to permit abortion up to 12 weeks

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Committee wants legislation to permit abortion up to 12 weeks
After three months of evidence Oireachtas group said constitutional reform necessary

Dec 21, 2017
Sarah Bardon

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment has concluded Article 40.3.3 should be removed from the Constitution and politicians should be allowed to legislate for abortion.

After three months of evidence and a series of votes, the committee stated the current regime for the termination of pregnancy is unfit for purpose and that constitutional reform is necessary.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/committee-wants-legislation-to-permit-abortion-up-to-12-weeks-1.3334472

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Ireland: Warning of misinformation in referendum on proposed repeal of abortion ban

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Warning of misinformation in referendum on proposed repeal of abortion ban
The committee also called for all pregnant woman to be given access to scans between the 18th and 22nd week of the pregnancy

December 20 2017

The chairman of a cross-party committee which called for the constitutional ban on abortion to be repealed has warned about misinformation and opportunism in the referendum debate.

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment found Article 40.3.3, which gives the mother and unborn child equal right to life, is not fit for purpose.

Senator Catherine Noone said the referendum on the proposed repeal, expected in May next year, would lead to an open season for campaigners.

Continued at source: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/warning-of-misinformation-in-referendum-on-proposed-repeal-of-abortion-ban-36424874.html

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Ireland should repeal abortion ban, special committee says

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Ireland should repeal abortion ban, special committee says

Committee says current regime for the termination of pregnancy in Ireland is ‘unfit for purpose.’

By Shirley S. Wang
Dec 20, 2017

An Irish legislative committee on Wednesday recommended amending the Irish constitution to repeal the clause banning abortion, in its final report.

“The current regime for the termination of pregnancy in Ireland is unfit for purpose and that constitutional reform is necessary,” the report says.

Continued at source: https://www.politico.eu/article/irelands-special-committee-recommends-repealing-abortion-ban/

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Ireland: Oireachtas committee on Eighth Amendment publishes 40-page report

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Oireachtas committee on Eighth Amendment publishes 40-page report
Members say they cannot compel the Government to accept their recommendations

Dec 20, 2017
Sarah Bardon

Members of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment have insisted they cannot compel the Government to accept their recommendations.

The committee published its 40 page report on Wednesday outlining the decisions taken by members and the rationale for them.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/oireachtas-committee-on-eighth-amendment-publishes-40-page-report-1.3333670

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Ireland: ‘Huge lack of understanding’ of abortion in Oireachtas

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‘Huge lack of understanding’ of abortion in Oireachtas
Inside Politics podcast: Catherine Noone on how committee backed repeal of Eighth Amendment

Dec 20, 2017
Declan Conlon

“It has been interesting, it has been surprising, it has been amazing, this process, to me. There’s a huge lack of understanding and knowledge in this area, most of all among the members of the Oireachtas. And I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way to my colleagues.”

On today’s Inside Politics podcast, chairperson of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, Senator Catherine Noone, tells Hugh Linehan and Pat Leahy how the committee came to its historic decision to recommend the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/huge-lack-of-understanding-of-abortion-in-oireachtas-1.3334074

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Ireland: Abortion scaremongering to be conquered with facts

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Abortion scaremongering to be conquered with facts

Ellen Coyne
December 19 2017

Claims about abortion will be fact checked by the referendum commission during next year’s campaign, Leo Varadkar has said.

The taoiseach said last night he was aware that “scaremongering” could dominate the argument.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/abortion-scaremongering-to-be-conquered-with-facts-2bnpd3qgf

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Ireland: May timetable for abortion referendum – Tánaiste

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May timetable for abortion referendum - Tánaiste
Three anti-abortion members of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment to boycott final meeting

Thu, Dec 14, 2017
Sarah Bardon

The Government is working to a timetable for a referendum on abortion in May, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said.

He said most of the work on the Bills is expected to be completed by mid-March and he appealed to TDs to show leadership, with a respectful debate on an issue that “will divide households”.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/may-timetable-for-abortion-referendum-t%C3%A1naiste-1.3326633

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Ireland: Mattie McGrath criticised for ‘fat lady sings’ abortion comments

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Mattie McGrath criticised for ‘fat lady sings’ abortion comments
Independent TD contacts Catherine Noone to apologise

Wed, Dec 13, 2017
Sarah Bardon

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has been strongly criticised for comments made about Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone.

Mr McGrath was asked about the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment’s recommendations, which will be voted on today.

In response, Mr McGrath said it was not over “until the fat lady sings and I am not talking about the chairwoman”.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/mattie-mcgrath-criticised-for-fat-lady-sings-abortion-comments-1.3325859

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Ireland: Committee members must reveal position on abortion law by Friday

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Committee members must reveal position on abortion law by Friday
Politicians due to produce Eighth Amendment report on December 15th

Dec 5, 2017
Sarah Bardon

Members of the Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth Amendment must outline their position on proposed changes to abortion laws by Friday.

The committee has been advised of the decision-making process ahead of the publication of its final report on December 20th.

Members have already recommended Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution should not be retained in full.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/committee-members-must-reveal-position-on-abortion-law-by-friday-1.3316275

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